Nevada County judge rules no torture prosecution against codefendant in Stan Norman murder case
Michael McCauley will still face first-degree murder charges in connection with the April 2018 death of 70-year-old Stan Norman.
But McCauley, 43, will avoid a special circumstance of torture in the Vietnam veteran’s death, Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger ruled Wednesday.
“While I respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling, I accept it,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said in a release.
McCauley and Sean Bryant, 53, both were accused of murder and torture after authorities say Bryant shot Norman with glass marbles and a crossbow, while McCauley helped and assisted in burying the remains. After a preliminary hearing into the evidence, Judge Linda Sloven did not hold McCauley on the torture allegation — and Heidelberger agreed with that assessment.
A trial for McCauley and co-defendant Bryant remains set for Feb. 18, but a motion to separate their cases likely will be filed next month.
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