Sacto 9-1-1
September 13, 2013
Gruesome details emerge in Davis murder trial

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

Daniel William Marsh will face trial on murder charges in the April killings of an elderly couple in their Davis condominium, a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled at the teen's preliminary hearing Friday.

Arraignment for Marsh, 16, in the deaths of Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin is set for Sept. 24 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.

In nearly 90 minutes of dramatic, disturbing testimony from responding officers, the county's medical examiner and the detective who interviewed the Davis teenager, prosecutors detailed a savage attack on the sleeping couple as the lay in their bed and described a black-clad, knife-wielding teen apparently bent on killing.

"On this night, he said he just had enough," Davis police Detective Ariel Pineda, the major crimes detective who interviewed Marsh in June prior to his arrest, testified. "(Marsh) said he was aimlessly walking around looking for his victim. He ended up at 4006 Cowell, he said, and proceeded to tell us what he did there."

Northup, a longtime local attorney and musician, and Maupin, a church's pastoral associate, were found dead April 14 in the bedroom of their Cowell Boulevard condo, stabbed repeatedly with what investigators said Friday was a Buck knife with a 6-inch blade.

Maupin was stabbed 67 times, Yolo Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya testified. Northup was stabbed 61 times, Moya said.

The graphic testimony brought occasional gasps from a courtroom packed to capacity with the couple's friends and family, sitting shoulder to shoulder with Marsh family members. But, mostly, it was met with stone-faced silence.

As the shaken gallery filed out of the courtroom, Northup's daughter, Mary Northup spoke to reporters.

"It's just a tragedy," Northup said. "There's no more to say."

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