Sep 15, 2015 5:39 PM by News Staff
The trial for a Red Bluff man accused of killing a 14-year-old Red Bluff High School student more than two years ago will not get underway until January.
Bealer was in court for a trial readiness conference Tuesday, with the actual trial set for September 28th, but after a request from the defense the trial date was pushed back to January 12, 2016.
During today’s hearing in Sacramento, Bealer’s attorney asked the court for more time, claiming the defense needs more time to develop DNA evidence and interview more witnesses.
Bealer is accused of strangling Marysa Nichols in the field next to Red Bluff High School on February 26, 2013. He was caught on surveillance video walking the same path as Marysa just before she disappeared, and he turned himself in when the Red Bluff Police Department publically released the video.
Bealer has never denied that he was the man in the video, but he has maintained his innocence since day one.
Last November, a Tehama County judge granted a change of venue request, after Bealer’s defense team successfully argued that Bealer could not get a fair jury trial in Tehama County, charging that media coverage has been inflammatory and sensational, and that 90 percent of the county's population was already familiar with the case.
Another trial readiness conference will be held on November 16 in Sacramento.