Sacto 9-1-1
June 18, 2013
Teen once lauded as hero is charged in Davis double-homicide case

By Darrell Smith and Benjamin Mullin

A Davis teenager once lauded as a hero for saving his dad's life now faces double homicide charges in the April stabbings of an elderly couple in their south Davis home.

2009 story: Davis boy stops car, starts dad's heart

Yolo County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against 16-year-old Daniel William Marsh, according to a charging document.


Marsh was widely praised as a 12-year-old in 2009 when he took the steering wheel of his family's station wagon and navigated to safety as his father suffered an almost fatal heart attack. Marsh then thumped his father's chest with his fist to restart his father's heart.

The American Red Cross of Yolo County honored Marsh that year at its annual Heroes Luncheon.

In a 180-degree turn, Marsh was arrested Monday, and authorities are holding him without bail at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility. He faces arraignment Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court.

Marsh, who was 15 at the time of the April homicides, is the only suspect in the case.

Attorney and local musician Oliver Northup and his wife Claudia Maupin were stabbed at their home on Cowell Avenue. Family members grew worried after Northup failed to show for an April 14 performance as a member of the popular local folk combo Putah Creek Crawdads. Police discovered their bodies at 9:20 p.m. April 14 during a welfare check.

In their charging document, prosecutors say Marsh committed first-degree murder "in a way that manifested exceptional depravity" on or about April 13. They allege that the slayings were "willful, deliberate and premeditated," and that Marsh "intentionally killed the victims by means of lying in wait." They also allege that Marsh "inflicted torture."

Davis police served search warrants at several locations Monday, with assistance from the FBI and other law enforcement.

Two of those locations were 3306 Lillard Drive and 4018 Cowell Blvd., the Davis Enterprise reported today. Records show that Marsh's mother lives at the Lillard Drive home, while a neighbor told The Bee that Bill Marsh recently lived at the Cowell home.

Bee file photo, 2009: Bill Marsh was saved by his son's quick thinking.

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