From Child Hero to Murder Suspect: The Fall of a Davis Teen

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Hard to imagine that Daniel Marsh – who at age 12 was hailed as a hero – would be charged as an adult four years later, suspected in the brutal stabbing death of an elderly couple.

“All of a sudden, he passed out and sort of flew back into his seat. I grabbed onto the steering wheel, directed it off to the side of the road,” Daniel told FOX40 over four years ago.

The Red Cross honored Daniel for saving his father’s life back in 2009. His dad was behind the wheel, when he suffered a near-fatal heart attack.

“[I] started pounding on his chest and after about 30 seconds, he came back,” Dainel said.

But cops believe back in April, when Daniel was 15, he pounded fatal stabbing blows to the chests of 87-year-old Oliver Northrup and his 76-year-old wife Claudia Maupin.

“They were asleep, and it was peaceful. And they didn’t even know what happened,” said Mary Northrup, Oliver’s daughter.

That’s what Mary wanted to believe, at least. But now that Daniel is being charged as an adult, along with disturbing enhancements to his charges, Oliver’s family is forced to face some harsh facts.

“It’s very upsetting to read that he was lying in wait, maybe they weren’t asleep. They put the word ‘torture’ in there,” Mary said.

Mary was referencing the complaint filed against Daniel by the Yolo County District Attorney. Daniel faces two counts of first degree murder with four special circumstances: killing more than one victim, heinous and depraved murder, lying in wait and torture.

“All the things that happened to them that we don’t want to know … I”m sorry,” Northrup said.

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