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August 22, 2014

Lawyers trade barbs before Davis teen’s murder trial

Yolo County prosecutors preparing for a Davis teenager’s murder trial hurled misconduct accusations Friday against a public defender before a judge admonished lawyers on both sides to avoid personal attacks.

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Yolo County prosecutors preparing for a Davis teenager’s murder trial hurled misconduct accusations Friday against a public defender before a judge admonished lawyers on both sides to avoid personal attacks.

The scrum happened as the two sides moved toward Monday’s start of Daniel William Marsh’s double-murder trial in Yolo Superior Court. The Davis teenager stands accused of stabbing to death Oliver Northup, 87, and Claudia Maupin, 76, in the bedroom of their south Davis condominium in April 2013.

Marsh, 17, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the killings and remains held in Yolo County juvenile custody. He faces a life sentence if convicted.

Prosecutors charged that Marsh’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Ronald Johnson, intentionally withheld nearly 500 pages of medical and mental health records related to Marsh along with interviews with Marsh’s family. They called on Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed to sanction Johnson.

“We believe that he did something unethical,” Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor told Reed.

Johnson countered, arguing that he had been assured by prosecutors that the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office planned to subpoena the documents and that he did not need to provide them. Johnson also cited case law showing that he did not need to turn over other documents and discovery requested by prosecutors.

Reed declined to impose sanctions, but the judge ordered Johnson to provide discovery related to defense expert witnesses to prosecuting attorneys.

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