McStay Family Murders

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Raised by 229 people in 13 months
These are my Grandsons Joey Jr and Gianni McStay that were murdered with both their parents Joseph Sr (my oldest son) and Summer McStay (my DIL) in February 2010. It has taken almost 9 LONG YEARS to find arrest and bring the accused to trial for their murders.
Now the Trial is set to start on January 7, 2019 with the Jury selection already in progress. The trial is said to last for up to as long as 6 MONTHS.
I am asking for your help so that I may attend the trial and see justice done for my family. The trial is in San Bernardino, California while I live in Texas and have to travel to California. That has added cost of living there temporarily in California while maintaining my home in Texas. Thank you for your caring and understanding and helping me to see Justice Done for my Family!

Although I wrote the book McStays Taken Too Soon, it has failed to raise anywhere near the funds needed for the trial. This is why I started the GoFundMe account. Any amount donated will and help is very appreciated.

Tanya Jacobson-Smith
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In Feb. 2010 an entire family disappeared without a trace from their home in Fallbrook, CA. Almost 4 years later their remains were discovered in shallow graves in the Mojave desert near Victorville, and a year later a business associate of the father was arrested and charged with their murder. Now, finally, almost 9 years later the trial is set to begin in January of 2019. Patrick McStay, the father/grandfather has written a book in an attempt to raise funds to travel from his home in Texas to attend the trial in California. Over the years I have followed this case I have come to know and respect this man who had endured unbelievable hardships in the quest to find justice for his son and family who were indeed Taken Too Soon. Won’t you please help him by buying the book, or donating to the GoFundMe (link in comments).
Thank you and God bless...

McStays Taken Too Soon, Audiobook
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We are almost there, should justice prevail, we will then move on to the punishment phase. That will be another trial hearing to determine any term of imprisonment or the death penalty.
This may be set for as much as 30 days from the day of the verdict. This will require more travel and expenses to attend the punishment hearing. This is also were the families are allowed to make statements to the guilty, court and jury. So I ask you to continue helping as you all have been so great at doing.
However we must plan for the possible other outcomes of which the most dreaded would cause another trial all over again.
There are so many who have helped me and have expressed their concerns and caring for our families both the living and those whom are not with us, but are watching over us.
To everyone I THANK YOU! But remember we can only we are not done yet and I hope we are reaching the end of this so tragic part of life.
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This is an update to all who donated and to anyone wanting to donate.


Do to the defense attorney McGee's unknown illness the trial is now setback for another week!

This causes problems for the juror's, witnesses, family members and many others.

What it has done to me is cause me to lose prepaid payments to get lowest hotel rates that are none refundable or changeable. Also there are prepaid airfares that now will cost change fees and difference in the costs of flights that were lower by getting discounts for booking in advance. So now the donations have stopped and because of these losses and the past court scheduling, I may not be able to attend the closings. I am exploring and contacting the companies to see if they will allow changes without losses or additional fees because of the situation.

I felt because of all the help I received from your donations, I needed to update you. Thank You all for the help and I'll let you know more when I find out.
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The trial is drawing closer to a possible end in May and in the hands of the jury for deliberations . I can't say what the cost will be or how long the deliberations will take or how much money will be needed for me to be there for the entire time, but I will be there as long as possible. Any help is greatly appreciated. If there is possibly any money left after the trial, I will make donations for children to the Shriner's and St. Jude's Hospital for Children! Thanks for all the support, donations and kind and caring words!

The Trial is still going on and the Closing Arguments are said to be set for April 29 an April 30, 2019. Because of the Court Scheduling it is difficult to make arrangements with Court only in session at the most 4 days in a given week. With the remaining days in the trial, there are only 3 weeks that have 4days of Court. the remaining 3 weeks have 1 week with a half day of Court, 1 week with 1 1/2 days of Court and 1 week with 3 days of Court. This makes it more expensive to stay in California for the Full Trial and it is less costly to travel back and forth as I have been doing. The expenses still go on and it is difficult making arrangements in advance to save costs although my priority is to be there for the Closing Arguments and as much of the deliberation as possible. Hopefully I can be there for any sentencing!


Now with the trial started and all the talk and a witness list of approximately over 180 scheduled to testify and only one week completed. There have only been approximately 7 witnesses testimony and we haven't even heard from one expert witness yet. We know each of the experts will take longer, so dividing 180 by 7 tells us it could be as much as 26 weeks or longer for the trial based on the the testimony and procedures so far! That all equates to the latest talk that the trial will last for 6 MONTHS? So much for 3 months and the cost for that.
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Donations now stand at $4660.00 far short of the total target amount of $15,000.00. The target was based on a 3 month trial, but did not include the sentencing hearing.
We now hear the trial may go into April or beyond. That will further limit my attendance at the current fund balance.
At this point I will have to limit my attendance at the trial while also allowing for attending any Sentencing Hearings if necessary.
I want to THANK EVERYONE who donated their hard earned money to help me and to all those who have sent there kind prayers and caring thoughts.
I truly appreciate ALL the help!
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