Crime, Fire + Courts

March trial slated for Davis double-homicide suspect

By From page A2 | October 18, 2013

A March trial date has been set for a 16-year-old Davis boy accused of fatally stabbing an elderly couple last spring.

Yolo Superior Court Stephen Mock set the date during a hearing Thursday morning where Marsh’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Ron Johnson, sought additional time to prepare his case beyond the 60-day time period requested by the District Attorney’s Office.

Under Mock’s timeline, the case will return to his courtroom Dec. 6 for a status conference, then Feb. 24 for a trial readiness hearing. If there are no further delays, the trial would proceed March 3.

Marsh is being tried as an adult for the April 14 killings of Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, in their Cowell Boulevard condominium. He faces two counts of first-degree murder with enhancements for the alleged use of a knife, plus three special-circumstance allegations of multiple murders, torture and lying in wait.

Johnson has indicated he will seek to have some of the charges — likely the special circumstances — dismissed at a hearing scheduled for Nov. 1 before Judge Paul Richardson.

Marsh continues to be held without bail at Yolo County Juvenile Hall while his case is pending.

—Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Lauren Keene

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