06/19/2013 11:12 am ET

Daniel Marsh, 16, Charged With Murder Of Elderly Couple; Once Honored For Saving Father's Life

A California teenager charged with slaying an elderly couple in their sleep was honored for saving his father's life just four years earlier.

Daniel Marsh, 16, will be tried as an adult for the murder of Chip Northup, 87, and his 76-year-old wife, Claudia Maupin, CBS Sacramento reports.

When he was 12, Marsh was hailed as a hero and honored by the Red Cross for his quick thinking when his father suffered a heart attack while driving.

“All of a sudden, he passed out and sort of flew back into his seat. I grabbed onto the steering wheel, directed it off to the side of the road,” Daniel told FOX40 at the time.

Four years later, the story is much different for the Davis teen.

KSDK reports:

The complaint, filed Tuesday, said Marsh "inflicted torture" on his victims, in what are described as "heinous and depraved" murders. The complaint does not elaborate beyond the description that the "murders were committed in a way that manifested exceptional depravity."

Marsh faces first-degree murder charges. If convicted, he is eligible for life in prison.