Court proceedings are moving forward in the case against the Arbuckle man accused of murdering two women last year that were found hidden on the property where he resided.
Martin Ehrke appeared in the Colusa County Courthouse May 8 for a pre-trial discovery hearing. This hearing allowed the defendant, Ehrke, the opportunity to learn the details of the prosecution’s case against him by reviewing copies of arresting officers reports and examining evidence that the prosecution proposes to introduce at trial.
Ehrke is charged with two counts of first degree murder with special allegations due to multiple victims.
In February of 2018, Ehrke entered a plea of not guilty.
Two Miranda motion and setting of preliminary hearing were also scheduled this month but both were vacated.
Several other hearings in this case have also been vacated throughout this year.
Ehrke was arrested on Jan. 25, 2018 after two bodies were found at a home on the 6000 block of Hillgate Road in Arbuckle, the property where he lived with his mother.
The body of Kimberly Lynn Taylor, 39, was discovered in a large chest freezer in a shop located near the home. Shorty after, authorities found the body of Jessica Lynn Mazak, 25, submerged in a pond..
Autopsies ordered by the Colusa County Coroner’s Office determined that the cause of death for both women was blunt force trauma.
Both women were known to stay at the property off an on but had been reported missing just a day prior to the discovery of their bodies.
Authorities were originally called to the property in the early morning hours of Jan. 25 to investigate suspicious activities and where told by others staying on the property that they may have found a dead body.
A search warrant was issued later that morning and authorities confirmed those suspicions. Further investigation of the property led to the discovery of the second body.
Ehrke was arrested and charged later that day.
Authorities believe that Ehrke’s mother had no knowledge of the crimes prior to the discovery of the bodies.
Ehrke is scheduled to appear in court again on May 22 for a Miranda motion and setting of preliminary hearing. Proceedings will begin at 8:30 a.m.