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Teen murder suspect facing adult charges

From page A1 | June 19, 2013 | 8 Comments

Daniel Marsh just completed his sophomore year at Davis High School. He has been charged with the April 13 murders of an elderly South Davis couple. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: Daniel William Marsh pleaded not guilty today to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the April murders of Oliver “Chip” Northup and Claudia Maupin.

Through his two court-appointed public defenders, Marsh, 16, also denied four special-circumstances allegations in the case, some of which accuse him of torturing the elderly couple and lying in wait. He is being charged as an adult.

Marsh’s next court appearance is set for July 2 before Judge Timothy Fall. He is being held without bail at Yolo County Juvenile Hall.

Friends and relatives of the teen, including his father Bill Marsh, declined to comment to reporters, as did members of Maupin’s family who attended the hearing.

Years before he was accused of taking two people’s lives, Daniel Marsh was credited with saving one.

Marsh was just 12 years old when his father, Bill Marsh, began feeling the symptoms of a heart attack at their West Davis home. Father and son got into their car, but Bill Marsh blacked out on Covell Boulevard while en route to Sutter Davis Hospital, his foot still on the gas pedal.

Daniel Marsh sprang into action, grabbing the steering wheel from the passenger seat and veering the car away from oncoming traffic until it came to rest against a sound wall. A fan of the medical drama “House,” the boy remembered a technique he had seen on the television show.

“I started yelling and banging on his chest, trying to bring him back. And it did,” the youngster told The Enterprise during a Dec. 4, 2009, interview at UC Davis, where he was honored with an American Red Cross Heroes award. “If I didn’t do anything and just sat there and waited for someone to help, my dad would have died.”

Just 3 1/2 years after that extraordinary act, Davis police say Daniel William Marsh is responsible for one of the community’s most horrific crimes — the violent April murders of local couple Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76. Both died of multiple stab wounds in their Cowell Boulevard condominium.

Marsh was scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today in Yolo Superior Court.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has charged the 16-year-old as an adult with two felony counts of first-degree murder with enhancements for use of a deadly weapon — a knife — plus four special circumstances alleging multiple murders, heinous and depraved murder, lying in wait and torture.

The three-page criminal complaint also states that Marsh was only 15 years old at the time of the murders, making the teen ineligible for life without the possibility of parole as well as the death penalty.

“I don’t even believe that’s on the table,” said Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Cabral, who has been assigned to prosecute the case. He said Marsh, if convicted, faces at most a 25-years-to-life term for each of the murders, plus one year for each of the deadly-weapon enhancements.

Cabral declined to elaborate on the information that led to the special-circumstance allegations, but said, “the special circumstances are just one of the factors that makes this an adult case as opposed to a juvenile case.”

For Mary Northup, Oliver Northup’s daughter and Maupin’s stepdaughter, the charges have virtually eliminated her hope — and that of her family’s — that the couple died in their sleep, unaware of the wounds inflicted upon them.

“Now, seeing the words ‘torture’ and ‘exceptional depravity,’ I imagine that they suffered, and that makes it hard to hold on to
compassion,” Northup said Tuesday.

She questioned whether the teen suffers from mental-health issues that went unrecognized, and if they had, whether her father and Maupin might still be alive.

“I hope that through a fair trial, some of our questions might be answered and, if the young man is found guilty, appropriate mental health care as well as punishment will be meted out,” Northup said.

In announcing Marsh’s arrest Monday night, Davis Assistant Police Chief Darren Pytel said investigators received “compelling information” leading them to the teen, and that he is the lone suspect in the double-homicide case.

Police did not release any additional information about the case Tuesday, including a possible motive in the killings and the relationship, if any, Marsh had with the slain couple. The criminal complaint alleges that Northup and Maupin were killed on April 13, a day before officers conducting a welfare check discovered their bodies.

Bill Marsh was renting the condominium just two doors away from the victims around the time of the murders, according to neighbors and Davis Enterprise circulation records. He moved out a couple of weeks later, after the family of the condo’s late owner put the residence up for sale.

The now-vacant condo was one of at least two residences where officers from the Davis Police Department, the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies served search warrants Monday, just hours before police announced the teenage suspect’s arrest.

Online records show Marsh’s mother, Sheri Hosking, resides at the second home that was searched in the 3300 block of Lillard Drive. No one answered the front door Tuesday morning or afternoon at the house, where the window shades were drawn, the porch light left on.

Hosking declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday, as did another relative contacted at her West Davis home. Bill Marsh did not respond to messages left on his cell phone.

But both parents had swelled with pride during the Red Cross ceremony, with Bill Marsh describing his son as having “the will of a warrior, no doubt about that.”

“I’m extremely proud of my son and who he is,” Hosking told The Enterprise back then.

At the time he received those honors, Daniel Marsh attended Holmes Junior High School as well as the Davis School for Independent Study, an alternative learning program offered through the Davis school district. Police would not specify which school he currently attends, but his name appears in the current Davis High School student directory as a member of the Class of 2015. His photograph is in the sophomore section of the DHS yearbook.

Marsh claimed affiliation with DSIS two years ago when he set up a Twitter account, describing himself to his followers as “14, play lefty guitar, go to DSIS, 9th grade, cant really describe myself in typing you just have to know me,” though he never wrote a single tweet.

The Marsh family previously lived on Marina Circle in West Davis’ Stonegate neighborhood, where they purchased a five-bedroom home in the fall of 2006, according to online property records.

Their former next-door neighbor, David L. Johnson, recalled Tuesday that the parents separated not long after the family moved in, with Bill Marsh staying behind until the home went into foreclosure.

“The property was in terrible condition,” with front-yard landscaping that went unmowed, untrimmed and unwatered for months at a time, Johnson said. “It was an eyesore, and it looked like it was not a positive environment for a boy to be raised in.”

Johnson said he encountered Daniel Marsh only a handful of times, and while he remembered the boy as being quiet when they exchanged hellos, there were no signs that he was a troubled child.

However, “it does hit home that that person lived next door to me,” Johnson said. “You think, that happens in the newspapers or in the movies, not that that person is your next-door neighbor. It’s shocking.”

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


Discussion | 8 comments

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  • Very ConcernedJune 19, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    The Tuesday Enterprise informed their readers that a suspect was taken into custody for the double murder in So. Davis. We all know and feel that this was a tragedy in our small town. Being Davis folk (ie smarter than the average bear) we all want the facts and now. The Davis Police took very honorable position by respecting the fact that the "suspect" (not convicted person) was a minor. In turn they did not reveal the kid's name-out of respect for the child and family. Wow on Wednesday morning I was floored. Here on the front page of my iPad was the kid's name, biography and pictures of his dad. The Enterprise went the way of the tabloids. Daniel has not been convicted yet we all know what schools the kid went to, where they live, they were foreclosed on, heck we know what they look like. Is this fair? Is this freedom of the press? I don't know the answer, but last time I checked in the United States of America we are innocent until PROVEN guilty. And let's take the high road that the Davis Police are taking-respect the fact that this is a minor. Shame on Debbie Davis for allowing this sensationalism to happen.

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  • Also very concernedJune 19, 2013 - 10:28 pm

    I too am appalled by the Enterprise's decision to make public a JUVENILE's name, photos and other information about the child and his family, along with additional allegations about the circumstances of the murder. This is entirely inappropriate and violates an important canon of journalistic ethics. Does the Enterprise have no shame?? How low can it go? I am considering cancelling my subscription -- I thought I had subscribed to a serious, ethical newspaper, not the National Enquirer.

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  • steven price iiJune 20, 2013 - 12:55 am

    Stop complaining about the Davis Enterprise. The reporters and journalists are doing there jobs. As a frightened community we have every right to know a murderer in our community no matter what age he/she is. Let justice be served!

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  • KathyJune 22, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    The problem is we don't even know if he is guilty or not. Innocent until PROVEN guilty. Therefore, a minor's name, age, school and residence should NOT be released as public information. Imagine the harassment from the media both families and neighbors are getting because of this article and others.

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  • AndrewJune 24, 2013 - 1:57 am

    what proof do we even have of him being guilty!? yea hes a troubled kid but that dosent make him guilty at all.

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  • Nathan MilosJune 20, 2013 - 7:59 am

    It does seem inappropriate to publish a comment from the next door neighbor speculating that because the family didn't properly care for their lawn that it was "not a positive environment for a boy to grow up in." That's a pretty first world attitude. If only his father had washed their car more...

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  • BillieJune 21, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    Three lives wasted! The families on both sides will never be the same. Media hype is a thing of the times. Glorifying this horrid event. This young man had choice. Do right by mankind. He did this as an act of attention. Now he has what he wanted. It is sad that he felt this was the only was to get it. Daniel is the only one that knows why this happened. We can not speculate his actions. The out come is bad either way. I felt that he wanted his parents to notice him, to care about the fact that his world was taken from him when he no longer had a home life, both parents at home, he felt this was the only thing he could do to get the attention of someone. Children suffer every day from the separation of parents. Let it be a lesson for all parents to work through the ruff patches and stay together. The child deserves the adult to make better choices for the sake of the child. Something very wrong here for such a brutal reaction from this young man. He will now grow old in a jail cell and be some inmates boy-toy. What a sad situation for this person. Crime does not pay. Quite the opposite.

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