The jury trial for murder suspect Emmanuel Bailey, charged with stabbing a Hoopa woman to death in November 2016, is scheduled to begin in October.

This morning Judge John Feeney set an Oct. 15 trial date for the 24-year-old Bailey, who has been behind bars since he allegedly killed 50-year-old Cheryl Bussell in a home on Lower Cal Pak Road in Hoopa. 


Bussell, a mother of five and grandmother of three, died from multiple stab wounds.

While in custody, Bailey and 22-year-old Hoopa resident Jonah Dale Little allegedly attacked Correctional Officer Dillon Huffman, punching him in the head and face more than 60 times and leaving him with black eyes and a bloody nose. The attack was recorded on jail videotape. 

Little later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years. He is currently housed at San Quentin State Prison. Bailey is awaiting trial on the assault charges.

Bailey has been segregated from the jail’s general population since the alleged attack on Huffman. He is represented by Arcata-based attorney David Celli. Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees was in court this morning for the prosecution.

At a previous hearing, it was estimated the trial will last four to seven days.