DAVIS — A 16-year-old Northern California boy once praised as a hero for saving his dad’s life has been charged with stabbing a couple to death at their home, a newspaper reported.
Daniel William Marsh pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Wednesday in a Yolo County courtroom, the Sacramento Bee reported. Marsh was charged a day earlier as an adult in the attack on Oliver Northup, 87, and his wife, Claudia Maupin, 76, in Davis.
The couple were found dead on April 14 by police conducting a welfare check. Northup was a member of a local folk group, and family grew concerned when he didn’t show up for a show that day.
Authorities say Marsh’s motive is not known. He did not know the couple, and police don’t believe anything was taken from the home.
Marsh was honored by the American Red Cross in 2009 after he restarted his father’s heart. The 12-year-old Marsh took the steering wheel of the family’s station wagon and guided it safely when his father suffered a heart attack. He then hit his father’s chest with his fist to restart his heart, the Bee reported.
In the criminal complaint, prosecutors say Marsh committed first-degree murder “in a way that manifested exceptional depravity.” They accuse him of lying in wait and inflicting torture.
Police have previously said there were no signs of forced entry at the home. They arrested Marsh on Monday after developing unspecified “compelling information” in the case, Davis Police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said.
Northup was a long-time attorney who in later years practiced criminal appellate law and gave seminars at the public defender’s office, the Bee reported.
The homicides were the first in Davis since 2011.