Victim in Davis Homicide was a Musician, Retired Attorney

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Oliver “Chip” Northrup (second from right) performing Saturday in Davis with his band, the Putah Creek Crawdads. (Photo Courtesy: Wayne Ginsberg)


One of the victims Davis Police are investigating as a homicide was a musician and a retired attorney, a friend and bandmate told FOX40 Monday.

Oliver “Chip” Northrup, 88, and 76-year-old Claudia Maupin were found dead Monday morning inside a home on Cowell Boulevard. Officers initially went to the house to do a welfare check, as the two had not been seen or heard from all day.

Northrup played guitar in a group called the Putah Creek Crawdads. They performed Saturday at the Davis Farmers Market.

Northrup was also a retired attorney, dealing with court of appeals-level cases.

Friends describe Northrup and Maupin as “the warmest, kindest, caring folks you could ask for.” They lived in the home for eight years.

Investigators say the home where Northrup and Maulpin were found showed signs of forced entry.

These are the city’s first homicides since 2011.

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