A key evidentiary piece to the case against Charles Ray Merritt is a series of checks that Merritt wrote for himself against victim, Joseph McStay’s bank account.  The check writing is purported to have begun for the very first time on February 1, 2010 (on McStay’s “Custom” account) and continues until February 8, 2010 (the same day that the McStay Trooper is towed from the San Ysidro border, strip mall parking lot).

There are five checks (2 of which were written for Metro Sheet Metal, and hand delivered to that company by Charles Merritt) that were proven to have been written after February 4, 2010, but were then backdated to that date.

None of the checks drafted after the 4th were written from a computer in the McStay home.  It is uncertain if the check that was written on February 2 was written from the McStay residence or drafted elsewhere.

On February 4, 2010 at 7:59 PM a check was alleged to have been written in the McStay home, this check to Charles Merritt, referenced Paul Mitchell, in the amount of $4000.00. It was never printed and it was, like all the other checks written on the “Custom” account, deleted from the register, and only found by way of an “activity” report that would not immediately be apparent to the user.

Checks 103-104

Checks 109

Excerpt from SBSW 14 1590

Checks forged 1590

Excerpt from SBSW 14 1590

Checks 1590 credit checks

SBSW-14-1848 Probable Cause Affidavit 11:10:2014

Excerpt from SBSW 14 1666

76 Missing 1

Excerpt from SBSW 14 1848

76 Missing 2