RED BLUFF, Calif. - Quentin Bealer made his first court appearance Wednesday after being arrested as a suspect in the murder of 14-year-old Marysa Nichols.
Bealer appeared in a Tehama County courtroom at 1 p.m. for his arraignment on a murder charge.
He was also arraigned on several other pending charges, including violating post-release supervision, second degree burglary and possession of stolen property.
Bealer shook his head as the judge read the murder charge aloud.
The courtroom was full, mostly with officials. Red Bluff Police Cheif Paul Nanfito said they all had an interest is making sure everything went smoothly. "The fact of the matter is when you have a capital case like this, involving a 14-year-old female victim, that security is going to be pretty tight and that's why we're here. This our arrest and were assisting the Sheriff's department," Cheif Nanfito said.
Nichols' body was found near a creek behind Red Bluff High School last Thursday.
Bealer was arrested Saturday, after he turned himself in for questioning.
Acquaintances convinced Bealer to go to the police station after recognizing him in surveillance video taken near the high school around the time of the crime. Red Bluff Police released the surveillance video Friday night, asking for the public's help in identifying the man seen walking near the high school.
Bealer is held without bail at the Tehama County Jail.
He was assigned a public defender and is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday.