Sacto 9-1-1
February 24, 2012
Arraignment of son accused of killing father delayed to March 22

The arraignment of Christopher Jon Michael Northam, 25, who is accused of shooting his father to death last year was delayed Friday in Placer Superior Court to March 22.

Northam is accused of gunning down Roseville businessman Christopher D. Northam at his place of busines in May 2011. Northam could face the death penalty for his alleged role in the shooting.

Also appearing in court was the younger Northam's ex-wife Averill Elizabeth Easley, 34, of Roseville. Authorities say she lied to police repeatedly during the nearly nine-month investigation into the shooting. She has been charged with being an accessory after the fact. Easley's attorney asked that her client be released on her own recognizance Friday but the request was denied by Judge Colleen Nichols.

Northam was found shot to death May 30, 2011, in an Industrial Boulevard warehouse where -- with his son's help -- he was trying to build an audience for a new indoor sports business.

While early scuttlebutt suggested shady foreign investors or a disgruntled former employee killed Northam, investigators said they noticed inconsistencies in statements from the son.

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