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District Attorney on Bealer case: don't rush to judgment

Published On: Oct 31 2013 12:20:38 AM CDT
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RED BLUFF, Calif. -

During Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen’s news conference Wednesday, concerning the Quentin Bealer case, he cautioned everyone to wait before forming opinions.

"Please don't rush to judgment based on what's been reported in the media, in regard to one sample, that was retained from Marysa," says Cohen.

The District Attorney made it clear today that he, along with Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito, fully believe they have the right man in custody.

"The person responsible for the death of Marysa Nichols was arrested and is currently charged with her murder, and that's Quentin Ray Bealer," Cohen said.

The District Attorney also alluded to having evidence favorable to the prosecution, proving Bealer’s DNA was found on the slain teen’s body.

"There are other samples that were obtained as well, that have yielded results," says Cohen.

But he wouldn’t elaborate any further, saying it will all come out at the right time and in the right place, during the preliminary hearing in January.

“Our job is to ensure that the case is tried in a public courtroom, not in a series of media reports,” says Cohen.

Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito also urged the community to wait until all the information is made available in January.

"I believe that if you are patient, much more will be revealed about the investigation and the case at that time," said Nanfito.

Bealer is charged with murdering 14-year-old Nichols earlier this year.