District Attorney’s office dismisses case against Cortina man accused of child molestation

Earlier this month, the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office dismissed all charges against William Richard Combs Jr., the 47-year-old Cortina man whom they alleged had committed a forcible lewd act upon a child, along with various special allegations.

At a hearing on July 9, Chief Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell made the motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, which gives prosecutors the ability to refile charges at a later time. The motion was granted by Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson.

“We don’t feel that the case was ready to move forward to a preliminary hearing or trial at this time,” Farrell explained of his motion to dismiss the case in an interview last week. “It was dismissed without prejudice. I can’t go into specifics.”

As a result of the dismissal, Combs’ preliminary hearing – which was scheduled for today – was vacated. Combs was released from the Colusa County Jail – where he was being held on $1 million bail – shortly after the hearing on July 9, Colusa County Sheriff’s Jail Sgt. Arnold Navarro confirmed.

A phone call to Combs’ attorney, Albert Smith, was not returned by the time of publication.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net