Davis Teen Accused of Stabbing Elderly Couple Wants Torture Charge Dropped

By Associated Press
|  Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013  |  Updated 10:45 AM PDT
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Teen Accused of Stabbing Wants Torture Charge Dropped

Attorney wants torture claim against the defendant dropped.

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DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - The attorney for a 16-year-old Northern California boy charged with stabbing a couple to death at their home wants a torture claim against the defendant dropped.

The Sacramento Bee says Daniel William Marsh's defense attorney claims prosecutors failed to show that the injuries inflicted were intended as torture and said many of the wounds were inflicted after the couple had died.

Prosecutors earlier dropped an additional enhancement - heinous and depraved murder - after determining it was unconstitutional.

Marsh faces two counts of murder in the April stabbings of 87-year-old Oliver Northup and his 76-year-old wife, Claudia Maupin, in Davis.

MORE: Napa Teen Arrested After Allegedly Stabbing Mother

The two were found dead by police conducting a welfare check.

Northup was a longtime attorney who in later years practiced criminal appellate law and gave seminars at the public defender's office.

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