After a man was found dead in an almond orchard in Bakersfield, California,
it was his wife—a principal at a local elementary school—who was the
murder suspect. The Kern County Sheriff's Office suspected that it was the
principal who fatally shot the man, dumped his body and then abandoned
his vehicle nearby. While the woman was arrested on suspicion for the
crime, the formal charges against her were not filed and she was released.
Kyle J. Humphrey, of our law firm, was the
Bakersfield criminal defense lawyer who represented the accused woman. According to a
Sept. 4 CNN article, this was because the woman's court hearing was postponed and she
technically could not be held any longer without actually being charged
with a crime. The prosecutors involved in the case were still awaiting
information from the sheriff's department at the time of the school
Attorney Humphrey spoke to CNN about the matter. His comments were aired
in a video segment by the news outlet, which was available online with
the article. He said his client was confused and shocked by the accusations
that were made against her and that he was ready to defend her innocence.
The lawyer noted that cases do not get filed when accusations are made
without the appropriate amount of evidence to back up them up. The burden
of proof lies with the prosecutors, he said.
One woman who had been friends with the principal for years expressed disbelief
concerning the allegations, noting that the couple always seemed to get
along well, according to a Good Morning America article on the matter.
According to what the friend told Good Morning America, the principal's
quiet personality simply does not "fit that bill at all." Attorney
Humphrey's client had been the principal at the same school since
2006. The married couple had three daughters--one of them being the daughter
of the principal and stepdaughter of the principal's husband.
When individuals are arrested on suspicion of serious crimes and then never
actually charged, this is oftentimes and indication that there is some
type deficiency with the evidence involved in the case. At The Law Offices
of Kyle J. Humphrey, we are highly skilled at determining where there
are any flaws in prosecutors' cases against our clients. We provide
solid defense against many different kinds of criminal charges, even charges
for criminal offenses as serious as murder.
Contact our firm today to find out more about how our legal team might be able to assist
you in your criminal matter. Our lead attorney has more than 25 years
of criminal law experience, which includes time spent as a prosecutor!