Arrest made in Burney homicide investigation

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the killing of a Burney man.

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 3:12 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2021 7:10 PM

BURNEY, Calif. – An Arizona man has been arrested in connection to the murder of a Burney man, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 8, deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Burney Station responded to the rear parking lot of the Burney Church of Christ due to an assault victim.

Once on scene, deputies said they found 61-year-old Mark Russell Anderson of Burney in a travel trailer with injuries caused by an assault. Anderson was transported to the hospital, however, he died from his injuries on March 18, according to authorities.

As the detectives began investigating the assault as a homicide, authorities said they learned Donald Joseph Marquez from Glendale, Arizona, may have been involved.

Marquez had only lived in the Burney area for seven months. About a month prior to the assault, Marquez and Anderson became acquantiances, according to the sheriff’s office.

On March 23, detectives served a search warrant in the 20000 block of Sugar Pine Ave. in Burney, where Marquez was living. During the warrant, Marquez provided authorities with a statement. He was then placed under arrest and booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of homicide, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said no further details about the circumstances or motive regarding the assault will be released.

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