Paradise man pleads no contest in landlord's murder

Jun 1, 2015 3:52 PM by News Staff

A Paradise man charged with killing his landlord and then burying his body in a shallow grave has changed his plea.

Charles Blalock, 40, plead no contest to second degree murder Monday, just before jury selection was set to begin for his trial, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

Blalock reportedly killed his landlord, 54-year-old Brian Clouser, who was reported missing June 20, 2014. His body was found in a shallow grave in Concow July 23.

During a preliminary hearing in October of last year, a friend of Blalock's testified that Blalock told him he and his girlfriend were paranoid Clouser was spying on them and their baby. The friend also testified that Blalock suspected Clouser was a child molester.

According to the preliminary hearing testimony, Blalock and five others lured Clouser into his kitchen by asking if he wanted to smoke meth. Blalock then reportedly confronted Clouser about spying and then beat him to death.

Four accomplices were also charged as accessories to murder. Timothy Allen Gilbert, 36, and Jennifer Lance, 40, both plead no contest and were sentenced to 120 days in jail, plus three years of formal probation. Nicole Hauser, 28, was sentenced to four years in prison, while 22-year-old Victor Marino received 3 years in state prison.

Ramsey says Blalock will be sentenced later this month and faces 25 years to life in prison.

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