Nov 3, 2014 6:53 PM by News Staff
A judge in Tehama County granted a request Monday for a change of venue in the murder trial of Quentin Bealer, the man accused of killing 14-year-old high school student Marysa Nichols.
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 attorney's 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.
Bealer will return to court Monday November 10 at 9 a.m. to determine where the trial will be held.