Accused murderer makes brief court appearance

By: Penne Usher, Press Tribune Correspondent
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A man accused of fatally shooting his father last year was in a Roseville courtroom Wednesday for a brief appearance.

Christopher Jon Michael Northam, 25, of Sacramento, has been charged with one count of murder and a special allegation of murder for financial gain for the May 30, 2011, killing of Christopher D. Northam.

Christopher J. Northam has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At issue during Wednesday’s proceedings was a motion filed by the defense to preserve all raw notes related to the case.

The prosecution has objected to the motion.

Deputy District Attorney Dave Tellman said a protective order for preserving “every note from every officer in the case” is not practical.

The matter was set to be discussed further at the next scheduled court appearance in August.

Northam was arrested Feb. 22 and has been held without bail in the Placer County Jail accused of murdering his father at the elder Northam’s Roseville business Skim X on Memorial Day 2011.

Co-defendant Averill Easley, 34, is accused of accessory to murder after the fact. Her appearance was waived for Wednesday’s proceedings.

Easley has pleaded not guilty to all charges. It is alleged that the younger Northam used a .223-caliber rifle to kill his father.

Northam and Easley are scheduled to return to Placer County Superior Court Aug. 8.