Hoopa man pleaded not guilty today to stabbing 50-year-old
grandmother Cheryl Bussell to death on Nov. 25.
Emmanuel Bailey is charged with murder, personal use of a knife and
personally and intentionally discharging a firearm. This morning
court-appointed attorney Russ Clanton entered not guilty pleas on his
behalf, and Judge John Feeney set a trial date of Sept. 25.
is accused of killing Bussell, mother of five and grandmother of
three, in a home on Lower Cal Pak Road in Hoopa. She was stabbed
multiple times and was dying when found.
The 23-year-old Bailey was arrested within hours of the slaying and remains in Humboldt County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.
was held to answer on the charges after a preliminary hearing earlier
this month. Court records show Bailey has a history of violent
behavior. In April 2011, at age 17, he was accused of firing a gun
while participating in a home-invasion robbery. That case was
transferred to Juvenile Court because of his age.
months later, in October 2012, Bailey beat up and seriously injured a
Hoopa man. Police reports indicate it took two officers to subdue him
afterward. He was charged with battery with serious bodily injury and
resisting arrest, and eventually admitted to assault and was placed
years later he allegedly murdered Bussell.
During this morning’s arraignment Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer was in court for the prosecution. Four of Bailey’s friends or family members attended the hearing.