Suppression hearing set for Arbuckle man accused of murder

After more than a year in jail, Martin Ehrke, 50, the man charged with two counts of first-degree murder of two women at his family’s almond farm in Arbuckle is scheduled to appear in a Colusa County Court on April 4, where his attorney is expected to ask the court to supress statements his client may have made while he was in custody. 

In addition to a Miranda hearing, Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson set Ehrke’s prelimary hearing for 9:30 AM on May 9, at which time the Colusa County District Attorney could begin showing cause for Ehrke to stand trial. 

The preliminary hearing had been postponed twice since Ehrke pleaded not guilty to the charges last year.  

Ehrke is charged with killing Kimberly Lynn Taylor, 39, and Jessica Lynn Mazak, 25, on Jan. 25, 2018, after Ehrke’s roommate reportedly called law enforcement to report finding blood inside the home where the two women had also been staying. 

Colusa County Sheriff’s investigators found Taylor’s body inside a chest freezer on the property. They later found Mazak’s body submerged in a pond. 

Both women died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Colusa County Coroner’s Office. ν