Crime, Fire + Courts

Marsh trial still scheduled to begin Monday

By From page A1 | August 21, 2014

WOODLAND — Daniel Marsh’s trial on charges of fatally stabbing two elderly Davis residents last April is still on schedule to start Monday, but both sides in the case will return to court Friday for a hearing on several motions filed by the prosecution.

One of those motions is a request for sanctions against Marsh’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Ron Johnson, for what prosecutors contend was a failure to hand over discovery materials in a timely manner.

Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Cabral on Monday demanded that sanctions be imposed on Johnson for failing to turn over a report by the defense’s expert witness, Dr. James Merikangas, until this week.

On Wednesday, Judge David Reed said he would take up that motion as well as two others on Friday, a delay that also would give both sides a chance to read a psychiatric evaluation of Marsh prepared by Dr. James Rokop.

Rokop is one of two mental health experts appointed by the court to evaluate Marsh in the wake of his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Reed said he received Rokop’s report on Wednesday morning, but noted that “nobody has had a chance to read it.”

In the meantime, Reed said, Marsh’s trial is still scheduled to begin Monday.

Marsh is accused of killing Davis attorney and musician Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, in the bedroom of their Cowell Boulevard condominium on April 14, 2013.

Marsh, who was 15 years old at the time of the murders, is being tried as an adult on two counts of first-degree murder with the special circumstances of multiple murders, lying in wait and torture.

Marsh originally pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned last year, but changed that plea to not guilty by reason of insanity in June.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

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