Thursday, February 25, 2021

Criminal proceedings resume in 2018 murder case

Martin Ehrke, 49, of Arbuckle, was arrested on two counts of homicide Thursday.

After Martin Ehrke’s mental health twice stalled criminal proceedings, the man accused of the 2018 double murder of two Colusa women at his family’s almond farm in Arbuckle has again been found competent to stand trail.

Ehrke, 50, has been in custody in the Colusa County Jail since Jan. 25, 2018 after the bodies of Kimberly Lynn Taylor, 39, and Jessica Lynn Mazak, 25, were found on the property.

The two women died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Colusa County coroner. Taylor’s body had been located in a chest freezer on the property, and Mazak’s body was found submerged in a pond.

Ehrke appeared in Colusa County Superior Court on May 20, at which time Judge Jeffrey A. Thompon the court-appointed psychiatrist found him mentally competent for criminal proceedings to resume.

A Miranda hearing has been rescheduled for Sept. 10-11, which could call into question evidence surrounding Ehrke’s arrest on the evening Colusa County Sheriff’s officials discovered the gruesome remains of the two women.

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
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