Arrest made in slayings of California family

Joseph McStay, Summer McStay
FILE - This undated file image provided by the San Diego Police Department shows members of the McStay family whose abandoned SUV was found near the Mexico border near San Diego. Authorities say they will release new information Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in the murder investigation of the family of four whose bodies were found in shallow graves late last year. (AP Photo/San Diego Police Department, File)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — San Bernardino County authorities say a man has been arrested and charged with the murders of a Southern California family of four that disappeared in 2010 and whose remains were found in desert graves last year.

Sheriff John McMahon announced Friday that the suspect, Charles Merritt, was a business associate of the McStay family.

The sheriff says the investigation reveals that Joseph and Summer McStay and their two young sons were killed in their home in the San Diego County community of Fallbrook, and all were victims of blunt-force-trauma.

Merritt is due in court later Friday to face four counts of murder.

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