Teen's accused killer back in court, attorney looking to move trial

Defense attorney: 'There's a strong public opinion'

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Quentin Bealer, the man accused of murdering Red Bluff teen Marysa Nichols last February, was led into a Tehama County courtroom Monday for his scheduled arraignment.

Bealer's Defense Attorney, Shon Northam, was by his side as the accused killer waived his rights, pushing back his arraignment to a month from now.

During the time leading up his arraignment, Northam will discuss trial logistics with Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen. The prosecution and the defense attorneys will work toward deciding a trial date.

"This will be a lengthy trial," said Northam.

Both sides will use the time between now and March 3, to prepare.

Northam explained how his defense team will conduct additional investigations as well as further forensic testing of evidence over the next four weeks.

"There's still a lot of physical evidence from the defense's side of things that needs to be processed, tested and analyzed," said Northam.

As for where the trial will be held, Bealer's attorney said he will put forward a change of venue motion.

"Just the amount of press coverage in this case, and obviously it's no fault to the press, but there's a strong public opinion which is, has somewhat ignored the constitution and convicted Mr. Bealer despite not hearing all the evidence in the case," explained Northam.

Bealer's attorney further explained that his client should be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

"In light of that, there will be a change of venue motion. Obviously, the court has to rule on that but there is a lot of evidence that will support a change of venue motion," said Northam.

Bealer is scheduled to be back in court March 3, at 1:30 p.m.

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