WOODLAND — With a new judge assigned, the Daniel Marsh double-homicide case remains on track for an early March trial.
Judge David Reed, who was appointed to preside over the case following attorney challenges to previously assigned Judges Timothy Fall and Paul Richardson, pushed the trial back a week to a March 10 start date.
Marsh, 16, is accused of fatally stabbing Davis couple Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, and Claudia Maupin, 76, on April 14 in their Cowell Boulevard condominium. He is being tried as an adult and has pleaded not guilty.
During a hearing this morning in Yolo Superior Court, Marsh defense attorney Ron Johnson said he plans to file a motion to exclude statements Marsh made to law enforcement on June 17, the day of his arrest. During a Sept. 13 preliminary hearing, a Davis police detective testified that Marsh had confessed to the killings.
Johnson also wants to close the hearing on that motion to the public — including the media — an issue that will be ruled upon on Feb. 6, Reed said.