RED BLUFF, Calif. - The man charged with murdering 14-year-old Marysa Nichols in Red Bluff was in court today, where he was temporarily assigned an attorney.
Quentin Bealer will most likely be represented by Shon Northam, a private attorney from Sacramento. If Northam does decide to represent Bealer, he will represent Bealer on all eight of Bealer's cases, which include drug and burglary charges in addition to a count of murder.
"I don't have any legal conflicts," Northam said. "The only issues that I disclosed were the fact that I used to work for Gregg as a Deputy District Attorney and the fact that I know Chief Nanfito and I have some familiarities in connection with law enforcement here in Red Bluff."
The judge asked Bealer if he had an issue with Northam knowing the prosecution team. He said he did not and said he wanted Northam to represent him.
Every public defender that was appointed by the judge in court Tuesday, passed on representing Bealer. They all claimed to have an issue with the evidence in the case.
Northam said at this point, he will most likely take on the case indefinitely.
He would not go into detail but said he would make a final decision within a day or so.
Bealer is scheduled to be back in court on Tuesday where he is expected to enter a plea.