April 29, 2019
Ackshually, a white man is being charged too, but he didn’t do much.
The negro was the one who went full ape on the poor chap (much to everyone’s shock).
A two-day hearing into the evidence against the two men suspected of murdering Vietnam veteran Stan Norman wrapped up Wednesday morning.
But Nevada County Superior Court Judge Linda Sloven opted against issuing a ruling immediately, instead taking the matter under submission. Sloven will rule on May 9 whether the case against Sean Bryant and Michael McCauley will proceed to trial.
Bryant, 52, and McCauley, 42, both face charges of murder with a special circumstance of torture in the death of Norman, 70.
The preliminary hearing into the evidence against them began Tuesday and continued Wednesday with further testimony from Bryant’s girlfriend. The woman and both of her daughters were present in her Cascade Shores home during the protracted assault that ended in Norman’s death on April 15, 2018.
Former Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy Rhiannon Grotke, now an investigator for the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, testified regarding the interviews with the two girls, who were 14 and 15 at the time.
The older girl told Grotke that when Bryant returned with McCauley, both men began kicking him. She said Bryant hit Norman several times with a baseball bat before handing it to McCauley and telling him to use it.
The girl told Grotke that McCauley’s initial response was, “Are you serious?” McCauley was afraid and shaking, but Bryant threatened to kill him, the girl said.
According to Grotke, the younger girl said McCauley told Bryant that Norman was only about “2 percent alive.” But Bryant insisted, telling McCauley to hit the victim harder, to “hit him like you mean it.” She said she heard about five blows but was not in the room at the time.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said Bryant was the actual perpetrator of the torture, but called McCauley an “on-the-scene aider and abetter.”