|For Immediate Release
Case # TBD
February 13, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN LINKED THROUGH DNA CHARGED WITH
1982 COLD CASE MURDER OF FRIEND
TO HIDE PREVIOUS MURDER
FULLERTON – A man linked through DNA has been charged with the 1982 murder of his friend after fearing that the victim had discovered a previous murder committed by the defendant. David Richard Campbell, 67, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder with the sentencing enhancement for multiple murders and the personal use of a firearm and faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Campbell is currently in custody in Salinas Valley State Prison, Soledad, and will be transported to Orange County to face the murder charge. The date is to be determined.
Prior to January 1982, Campbell murdered his friend, William Raber.
On Jan. 2, 1982, Campbell is accused of meeting with his 26-year-old friend, Frank “Bart” Marshall, who mentioned that Raber had not been seen in a while. Campbell is accused of fearing that Marshall was suspicious about Raber’s murder and, therefore, murdering Marshall by shooting him in the head. He is accused of dismembering the victim’s body and discarding the remains in the mountains near Big Bear. The case was investigated as a missing person case, but went cold.
After the murder of Marshall, Campbell murdered John Fischer in Riverside County.
In 1985, hikers near Big Bear discovered fragments of a skull and reported it to authorities, but the remains were unidentified for over 27 years. The skull was recently identified through DNA as Marshall’s.
In the mid-1980s, Campbell was convicted and received life sentences in Riverside County for the murders of Raber and Fischer.
The Fullerton Police Department (FPD) began re-investigating this case and linked Campbell to the murder of Marshall using DNA technology that was not available at the time of the crime.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.