Nevada County judge advances Stan Norman murder case closer to trial |

Nevada County judge advances Stan Norman murder case closer to trial

A Nevada County judge ruled Thursday that enough evidence exists in the murder cases of Sean Bryant and Michael McCauley to advance them toward trial, a prosecutor said.

Superior Court Judge Linda Sloven also found evidence to support a torture allegation against Bryant, 52. A murder conviction and a jury finding the torture allegation is true would lead to a lifetime in prison with no parole, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said.

However, Sloven found the evidence wasn’t there to support a torture allegation for McCauley, 42. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder, Walsh added.

Both men are accused in the April 2018 death of 70-year-old Stan Norman. Authorities claim Bryant beat and shot Norman with glass marbles and a crossbow, using CPR to prolong the torture. McCauley assisted and helped bury his remains.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Walsh said he’ll file a new criminal complaint, called an information, against the men next week. He’ll likely include the torture allegation against McCauley, and argue to a different judge why it should be included.

“That happens pretty regularly,” Walsh said. “It is not uncommon.”

Bryant and McCauley are next expected to appear in court on May 17.

Walsh said he hopes to have a trial date set before summer ends, with the trial starting this autumn at the earliest.

The District Attorney’s Office has offered no plea deal for either man, Walsh said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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