WOODLAND, Calif. (KTXL) – The family of an elderly Davis couple murdered eight years ago is fighting to keep their killer behind bars.
A teenager was convicted of stabbing Claudia Maupin and Oliver Northup to death in their home, and a new loophole in the law could lead to his release from prison.
“Close your eyes for a second. Let that sink in – 128 times he stabbed them,” said Sarah Rice, Maupin’s granddaughter.
Rice spoke Friday about the night in April 2013 when Daniel Marsh killed her grandmother, the woman she called her “grandza,” and Maupin’s husband.
Marsh was 15 years old when he broke into the couple’s Davis home by cutting a hole in their screen and watching them as they slept before mutilating them.
After he was arrested, the teen told detectives he’d wrapped his shoes with tape to avoid detection and picked their house after wandering around town looking for a target.
He told detectives he enjoyed the bloody killing.
“My grandza fought back. She begged him to stop,” Rice said. “She did not want to die and she fought to live. That was my grandza, and now you know why I fight for her justice.”
Despite his age, Marsh was tried as an adult and given a sentence of 52 years to life.
But he could be released early next year because of a state law passed back in 2018 that allows juveniles convicted of most violent crimes to be eligible for release and rehabilitation when they turn 25.
Rice’s family fought against Senate Bill 1391 to no avail three years ago. They said they haven’t given up the fight against the possible change to Marsh’s punishment.
They joined the district attorney’s new Hear Us Yolo coalition to make sure the plight of victims is not forgotten by the public or the criminal justice system.
“Many victims have felt completely silenced as thousands of dangerous and violent offenders have been released early from prisons and jails as victims continue to suffer,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig. “Today, with the launch of Hear us Yolo, we hope to end that suffering with a loud courageous roar for the survivors of crime both here in Yolo County and across our great state.”