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Defense attorney: 'DNA documents speak for themselves'

Published On: Oct 29 2013 09:11:00 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Quentin Bealer’s attorney, Shon Northam, filed a motion to push back Bealer’s preliminary hearing earlier this month.

Included in those motion documents, is a physical evidence examination report, processed by the Tehama County District Attorney’s crime laboratory.

“That’s their expert crime lab,” says Northam in a phone interview Tuesday morning.

The summary/result section of the documents, concerning the right breast swab taken from 14-year-old Marysa Nichols’ body, reads: “Quentin Bealer is excluded as a major contributor to the mixture."

Nichols’ body was found soon after she went missing in February of this year.

Bealer has been charged with her murder.

He’s still awaiting a preliminary hearing, which has been pushed back to January.

Northam says he believes in his gut that Bealer is innocent.

“Regardless of the nature of the crime, all possible leads need to be explored,” says Northam.

Tuesday, Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen said reports of the DNA conclusions were inaccurate but would not elaborate further. Instead, Cohen referred to an upcoming press conference.

A few hours later, Cohen announced he will be holding a press conference in regards to the Bealer homicide case Wednesday afternoon.