The father of 14-year-old Marysa Nichols traveled to the Northstate to face the man accused of murdering his daughter in person for the first time.
"I want to see this man suffer, just as my daughter did. He showed her no mercy and I hope the court and the DA show him no mercy," Ricky Nichols, Marysa's biological father said.
The accused man, Quentin Bealer, 39, was in court Tuesday morning.
Shon Northam, a private attorney out of Sacramento, had been assigned to Bealer's case temporarily after several other attorneys refused the case due to conflicts with the discovery.
Today, Northam officially said he would represent Bealer for the duration of the trial.
He was scheduled to enter a plea, but his attorney asked the judge to push it back so he could have time to look over the full police reports. Those are expected to be finished in the next week.
Ricky Nichols made a trip up from the Fresno area to see Bealer. He said in a sense, seeing Bealer in person brings more of a realization that this tragedy actually happened.
He told us even after being there, he still has so many unanswered questions, including one for Bealer himself.
"I have hatred. I would like to ask him why he did this," Nichols said.
Ricky Nichols said all he can do now, is work to bring justice and keep Marysa's name alive.
"Her voice is now through me, through her mother, through her step-father and through the DA," Nichols said.
Bealer is scheduled back in court on Apr. 3. He is expected to enter a plea.