A Yolo County jury today found Daniel Marsh guilty on all counts for the 2013 murders of Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin. Daniel Marsh is responsible for the deaths of the elderly couple in their Cowell Blvd. home in the early morning hours of April 14, 2013.
The jurors – eight women and four men – were all polled and confirmed that they voted yes. One of the jurors was overcome with emotion. The jury rejected defense claims that Mr. Marsh was under the influence of antidepressants or other medication on the night of the murder, ruling that he committed the crime willingly, deliberately, and with premeditation.
Mr. Marsh was convicted of two counts of murder plus case enhancements for the use of a deadly weapon, plus special circumstances for killing more than one victim, lying in wait, and torture.
The family of the victims was overcome with emotion. Daniel Marsh bowed his head down, with a red face and tears in his eyes.
The trial will now have a sanity phase where the jury will have to determine whether Mr. Marsh was sane at the time of the killing.
The Vanguard will have details as they become available.
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by Antoinnette Borbon
The state’s case against young Daniel Marsh ended today with what would take the prosecution just about a full day to present their closing argument to the jurors.
Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Cabral delivered a powerful message.
He said that Daniel Marsh had a “blood lust, was bloodthirsty.” He explained to the jurors that Daniel had planned the deaths for weeks.
But the defense would eloquently turn the tables to define a failed young man.
A young man who was failed not only by the healthcare system, but also by his parents, the defense contended.
Daniel Marsh is responsible for the deaths of Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin in their Cowell Blvd. home in the early morning hours of April 14, 2013.
In his six-hour-long interrogation, Daniel would confess to carrying out a gruesome act on the elderly couple while expressing, to FBI Agent Campion, a desire to kill again.
Lead Deputy Public Defender Ron Johnson began with, “Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, when I first started this case, I dove into it wanting to understand the issues and as I dove I began to get letters, emails and information from people who have been through the same issues as Daniel.”
“They felt dismissed by their doctors,” Johnson asserted.
He mentioned “a woman who talked about wanting to kill her four kids, having the same nightmares, intrusive, morbid thoughts, from medication.”
Some people are fortunate enough to go to a doctor and get off the meds, stated Mr. Johnson.
“But what if that person is a child? What if that person is not old enough to make their own decisions?” Johnson asked.
The prosecution fails to mention the failure of care, Johnson said.
He said no one came here and testified that, once Daniel got on the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), everything went to hell.
In fact, even psychologist Deborah Schmidt said that Daniel’s morbid, homicidal thoughts could have gotten worse after he was given medication, opined Johnson.
Johnson went on to tell jurors that during the six or so months Daniel had stopped taking the medication, he felt like killing his mother. Daniel told doctors at the hospital how he felt and it was then that he was taken to Alta Bates.
He said, from the reports written by Alta Bates doctors, we know that Daniel was still having morbid and violent thoughts, anger, and aggression and told doctors this in his therapy sessions.
“Daniel told doctors he wanted to feel better.” Johnson stated, “Daniel even tells Agent Campion, ‘It comes in my head. I don’t want it to. I don’t like it.’ “
He said we know from the reported statements that Daniel was reaching out.
Johnson said if you look at the records, “The first report of these morbid thoughts came out after he had been on the SSRI in 2011, while Daniel was in a therapy session.”
You do not manufacture a defense a year prior to the crime, asserted Johnson.
He said this is why you look at the reports for the evidence of these things.
Daniel was forthcoming on his forms, correcting them out of honesty, explained Johnson.
“The MRI was suspect, as Dr. Merikangas pointed out, so he consulted a neurologist, but no one asked the name of that doctor. Dr. Merikangas did not write a lengthy report – no funds for that,” Johnson stated.
“Now, about a patient being responsible for telling doctors how he is feeling, this is true, but the more important aspect of this is it was poor self-reporting, unclear, he is an adolescent,” Johnson said.
Daniel didn’t know why or what was going on in his head. He told the doctors, “I don’t like the thoughts, I don’t want them there,” stated Johnson.
He stated, “To expect a child to pick up on why he is having these feelings defies logic.”
Johnson went on to say that, in a blunt manner, the prosecution says Daniel should have read the labels on his medication. But, Johnson stated, “How does a kid know to read the labels, the warnings? His parents picked them up and we all know his parents were not on top of it.”
He said it is not the job of a 14-year-old to pick up medication or know what the labels read.
It was during his hospitalization at Alta Bates that Daniel first expressed to doctors that he was having these morbid and homicidal thoughts, and it was after he had already been on the medication.
Johnson asserted, “But the prosecution does not want to admit this, and you don’t discount what is written in a report just because the defense does not call the doctor and bring him here to testify, read – that borders on absurd!”
Daniel did reach out, he told psychiatrists about his feelings, and that is in the evidence, said Johnson.
He went over the FDA’s report on the SSRI Zoloft and how Dr. Jacobs’ report was deemed to be “naive, lacking common sense,” by the FDA. Johnson said Dr. Jacobs never even examined Daniel.
He told the jurors, “The FDA puts black box warnings [on labels] to tell people these drugs are dangerous, to warn them of the side effects. Dr. Jacobs was criticized in the state of Maryland.”
You can believe Daniel had no symptoms, but remember that he already told the doctors his symptoms worsened after taking some of the medicine, asserted Johnson.
Johnson ended his argument by asking jurors, “Consider Daniel’s ability to deliberate, to think clearly, as you render your verdict, thank you.”
DDA Cabral explained once again to jurors that Daniel had premeditated the deaths for weeks. He said there was even evidence of Daniel researching the side effects of Seroquel on his computer.
He stated that Daniel could not have been in a “dreamlike” state or he would not have remembered all of the details each time he told the story. “You don’t remember details each time if it is a dream,” stated Cabral.
He said Daniel was off his medication for six months and was still feeling homicidal, but was able to control those feelings – because he talked about wanting to kill his best friend but used everything in his power to stop himself. Cabral stated, “This is evidence he could control his impulses.”
Cabral told the jurors, “He planned this out for weeks and then acted on it because he had blood lust, he was driven by his own desire, he took joy in it. Remember, he laughed as he told what he did to the Northups!”
He said Daniel’s only “episode of a spaced-out state could have been from a marijuana high.” There is no evidence of dreamlike states, other than those two incidents testified to by Mike Clements, in the music program, but we don’t know what they were, asserted the DDA.
He told of a young boy driven by his own desire, and “he did not stop stabbing the victims because he felt joy, he was driven by it even more when Claudia fought back and [he was] even aroused, you heard him tell Agent Campion.”
Cabral said Daniel was old enough to make sure he took his meds and knew enough to seek help when he was in a crisis. He said, “He went into a crisis every time he stopped taking his medication, and he always knew to get help, he was old enough now.”
We do not even know if Daniel took the medication – he dropped off the face of the earth for a year, remember, said Cabral. But we do know that the prescriptions kept getting refilled.
Cabral said there was no way to tell if Daniel had been taking the medication but, on many occasions, he would express feeling better, feeling less depressed and having the edge taken off by one of his medications.
He stated, “The doctors were on top of it,” but agreed that Daniel did have no way to get to therapy sessions or doctors’ appointments if his parents did not take him.
In his conclusion, Cabral stated, “There is no evidence he cannot control his thoughts, we know he can and we know he was already premeditating to do it again. Daniel said he did not want to stop right up until the moment he committed the act.”
“He felt people were cockroaches, remember? That’s not an intrusive thought, that is a blood thirst! He took joy in what he did…”
Cabral ended with, “I ask you ladies and gentlemen to render a verdict of guilty in first degree murder with the special circumstances…I thank you again for your time.”