Sacto 9-1-1
April 15, 2013
Davis cops investigate homicides of prominent elderly attorney and wife

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

Davis.jpgDavis police are investigating a possible double homicide in south Davis of a prominent elderly attorney and his wife over the weekend.

Police said they had been asked to check in on Oliver J. Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia M. Maupin, 76, by relatives who were concerned that they had not heard from the couple Sunday.

Police were called out to the home by Maupin's daughter around 9:20 p.m. for a welfare check, according to Stanley Dawson, who is married to Northup's ex-wife.

While checking the property, officers found the couple dead, with visible signs of trauma to their bodies.

Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov said there were signs of forced entry, but that the house "had not been ransacked."

The couple had been married for six years and living in a condo at the 4000 block of Cowell Boulevard in south Davis, according to Dawson.

Dawson's current wife, Margaret Northup-Dawson, was married to Northup for 30 years.

Northup was semi-retired and still represented criminal defendants.

He enjoyed singing in a local band at the Davis Farmers Market on weekends. Friends and family became worried when he failed to show up for a scheduled band performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, according to Stanley.

"We were all just mystified," Stanley told The Bee. "He's usually very meticulous."

The department is investigating the deaths as a homicide and is releasing little information. No motive has been established for the killings.

Video: Two found dead inside home on welfare check

PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Chang, Sacramento Bee.

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