Prosecution, defense speak in Quentin Bealer murder trial

Apr 28, 2016 12:41 PM by News Staff

A jury is seated, opening statements have been made and now, witnesses for the prosecution in the Quentin Bealer murder trial are expected to take the stand.

The 42-year-old drifter is accused of strangling 14-year-old Marysa Nichols as she walked home from Red Bluff High School in 2013.

As things got underway Wednesday, superior court judge Delbert Oros said no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom.

A jury of 10 men, 2 women, and 6 alternates was chosen.

In her opening statement yesterday, Tehama County Deputy District Attorney Donna Daly described DNA evidence found on Marysa's clothing, linking Bealer to the crime.

Defense attorney Shon Northam told jurors, Bealer did not murder Nichols.

He promised that they would hear that Bealer gave Marysa a lit cigarette, and that's how his DNA got on her body.

Northam also said a witness saw Nichols in Redding a day after she was supposedly murdered. .

The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday morning in Sacramento County superior court..


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