Opening statements to begin Wednesday in murder trial of Quentin Bealer

Apr 26, 2016 10:50 AM by News Staff

Jury selection for the Quentin Bealer murder trial has been completed and opening statements will begin Wednesday in a Sacramento County courtroom.

More than 340 potential jurors have been screened since the process began last Wednesday.

The trial is taking place in Sacramento County superior court after a Tehama County judge agreed that the 42-year-old Red Bluff man could not get a fair trial locally due to publicity surrounding the case.

Bealer was arrested in 2013 and charged with the murder of 14-year-old Marysa Nichols, who had gone missing February 26, 2013.

Her body was found February 28, 2013 about a half-mile behind the campus of Red Bluff Union High School.

Once a jury is selected, the trial is expected to last six to eight weeks, according to a court spokesperson.


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