Judge removed from case of accused Calif. teen

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The judge presiding over the case of a 16-year-old Northern California boy charged with stabbing a couple to death at their home has been removed after the teen's attorney alleged bias.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/J1nArR ) attorney Ronald Johnson said his client, Daniel William Marsh, cannot have a fair and impartial hearing in front of Judge Timothy Fall. Johnson's single-page declaration filed last week provided no details.

In recent weeks Fall denied a motion by Johnson to close the proceedings to the public.

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.

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

A new judge has yet to be selected. The trial is scheduled to begin March 3.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com