Death penalty decision expected next month in Stan Norman murder case |

Death penalty decision expected next month in Stan Norman murder case

Michael McCauley

The prosecutor in the Stan Norman murder case said he’ll likely decide by next month whether to seek death against two men accused of the veteran’s slaying.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said during a Thursday court hearing that decision could occur by Nov. 15, the next date Sean Bryant, 52, and Michael McCauley, 42, are scheduled to appear in Nevada County Superior Court.

Defense attorney David Brooks, who represents Bryant, said he’s acting like it currently is a death penalty case.

“We’re going to gear it up, but we haven’t done it yet,” Brooks said.

Prosecutors have filed a special circumstance of murder with torture against the men. That designation means they’re eligible for death or life in prison with no chance of parole.

Walsh said he wants to hear from Brooks and McCauley’s defense attorney — who might have information about their clients’ upbringing and background — before making a decision about the death penalty.

According to Brooks, a death penalty case involves more county dollars and much more time. Nevada County would have to pay for one additional attorney for each man. Additionally, those attorneys would have to meet certain requirements.

“There are very few attorneys like that here, because the death penalty is not used,” Brooks said.

Authorities claim Bryant and McCauley were involved in the April 15 death of Norman, 70. Officers arrested Bryant in mid-May on an unrelated accusation, charging him with murder several days later. McCauley was arrested June 1.

Both men remained Thursday in the Nevada County Jail without bond.

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

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