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Quentin Bealer Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Red Bluff Teen; Parents Speak Out

Published On: Apr 09 2013 11:48:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2013 12:06:34 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

More than five weeks after his arrest for murder, Quentin Bealer entered a not guilty plea in court Tuesday morning.

Bealer is accused of killing Marysa Nichols, 14, near Red Bluff High School in late February.

Conflicts in finding a defense attorney led to a series of delays and Tuesday morning was Bealer's sixth court appearance.

Bealer's parents, Debbie and Edward Bealer, came to their son's court appearance for the first time and spoke out for the first time afterwards. They told us they support their son no matter what.

"We're 100 percent behind him. We believe in him," Edward Bealer said.

They told us they think that neither the District Attorney nor the Red Bluff Police Department have a solid case.

"Just because he's a petty criminal doesn't make him a murderer. This county already has him tried, convicted, waiting on death row and he's yet to go to trial," Edward said.

Bealer's attorney, Shon Northam, said he felt confident entering a plea for Bealer after getting some of the reports. However, he told us there is still a lot they are waiting on.

In the meantime, he said Bealer is trying to be patient.

"He's frustrated, he doesn't understand the nature of the evidence being what it is right now, why he's being prosecuted for this crime," Northam said.

Northam asked the judge to push everything back while they wait to get the remainder of the reports. The judge granted the request.

Bealer is scheduled back in court in June for a preliminary hearing.