3 counties to be considered for Bealer venue change

Nov 10, 2014 1:20 PM by News Staff

A week after a Tehama County judge granted a request for a change of venue in the murder trial of Quentin Bealer, three counties have emerged as the likely destination for the case, Sacramento, Yolo and Colusa.

Officials will discuss the three counties and come up with a final decision on Wednesday.

In April Bealer's defense team began seeking a change of venue to ensure a fair trial. The motion was heard over two days in mid-October and Judge John Garventa took the motion under submission on Friday October 10.

Defense attorneys successfully argued that Bealer could not get a fair jury in Tehama County, charging that media coverage has been inflammatory and sensational, and that 90 percent of the county's population was already familiar with the case.

The case is the first in Tehama County to be granted a change of venue in the last 10 years.

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