Jan 23, 2014 7:39 PM
A Tehama County Judge has found there is enough evidence to move forward with a trial against 39-year-old Quentin Bealer this afternoon, the man charged with the murder of 14-year-old Marisa Nichols in February 2013. His arraignment has been scheduled for February 3rd where he is expected to re-enter a plea.
Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen said he was pleased with the outcome today and that the prosecution overcame a "big hurdle." Cohen further stated he feels the DNA evidence is strong, especially with the testimony given by a criminalist from the Department of Justice today.
Defense Attorney Shon Northam said after the hearing he was not surprised with today's outcome since the burden of proof on the prosecution in this case is often low. He further stated there is more to the story with the DNA evidence and more forensic work is needed before the trial begins next month.
The prosecution called on current and former officers from the Red Bluff Police Department as well as a criminalist from the Department of Justice to give testimony on the evidence against Bealer. Apart from witness testimony, evidence included surveillance footage from Red Bluff High School, autopsy reports and DOJ DNA reports.