Trial delayed for man charged in Red Bluff teen's death

Nov 17, 2015 12:29 PM by News Staff

The murder trial of Quentin Bealer, the man accused of killing a Red Bluff teenager, will not begin until February.

Quentin Bealer’s attorney Shon Northam tells Action News Now he needs more time to analyze new evidence and the trial has been moved to February 8, 2016 in Sacramento. It is the fourth time the trial date has been pushed back.

The trial was moved to Sacramento County last December when the defense successfully argued that Bealer could not get a fair jury 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.

The delay means the trial will not begin until nearly three years after the body of 14-year-old Red Bluff High School student Marysa Nichols was found in a field next to the school.

Bealer was identified as a person of interest after surveillance video showed him walking eastbound on Douglas Street near Red Bluff High School, looking over his shoulder before cutting into the area of the dry creek bed where Marysa's body was found. Marysa appeared on the same video just moments later.

Bealer was arrested when he turned himself into police days later and Tehama County prosecutors say they found his DNA on Marysa’s tank top.

In May, Bealer spoke with Action News Now from the Tehama County Jail visitors' center. During the interview, Bealer explained why some of his DNA was found on Marysa's body and says he has documents that punch holes in the prosecution's case regarding the time of death, credibility of witnesses and even cases of possible coercion of witnesses by investigators.


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