Jury selection expert testifies in Bealer hearing

Oct 10, 2014 7:00 PM by News Staff

The change of venue hearing for Quentin Bealer entered its second day and late Friday afternoon the judge announced he will be taking the case under submission.

In court today the prosecution brought a jury selection expert to the stand, who said the results of a survey conducted by media analyst Brian Edelman were skewed.

The survey, which was discussed at length during Thursday's hearing, focused on how media coverage could impact a potential juror's decision for this case.

The jury selection expert explained there was an age and gender skew, the survey revealed 35 percent of Tehama County has already prejudged Bealer as guilty. The expert went on to say that number will not get better in any county and he has no doubt in his mind that good jury can be selected in Tehama County.

Written arguments are due Friday, where the judge will then issue a written ruling.

Belaer is accused of killing 14-year-old high school student Marysa Nichols in February of 2013.

Nichols was last seen on February 26, 2013 as she was walking home from school. Her body was found two days later in a creek near Red Bluff High School. Investigators determined she had been strangled.

Bealer was caught on security tape in the area that Nichols was last seen and investigators deemed him a person of interest in the case, he turned himself in March 2, 2013.


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