Assault trial for Yuba County sheriff's deputy postponed until next year

Nov 10, 2014 1:42 PM by Alyssa Deitsch

The trial for a former Yuba County deputy who is facing assault charges has been postponed.
Nelson Magana's trial was originally set for Monday November 10, but the date was vacated.

Roberto Marquez, Magana's attorney, says the trial was continued because there is no judge available to accommodate the length of the trial until early next year. The trial, Marquez estimates, will be six days.

Magana is accused of beating a man unconscious in the basement bathrooms beneath Crush restaurant in Chico on Saint Patrick's Day of this year.

According to Chico police reports, Magana threatened a witness who had called authorities and followed him until police arrived.

Magana was a Yuba County sheriff's deputy at the time of the incident. He is no longer employed by the county.

The victim suffered memory loss, severe headaches, and a neck injury.
Magana faces three charges including battery with serious bodily injury and dissuading a witness by threat or force. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.

The trial is rescheduled for February 23, 2015.

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