Humphrey & Thompson In the News
Moments before trial was set to begin, prosecutors dropped all charges against a former Shafter code enforcement officer who was accused of inappropriately touching teen girls while volunteering as a youth wrestling coach.
Court documents show how Kern County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joseph Garcia was arrested on June 7th. Bakersfield police found him in his marked KCSO car in the middle of Liverpool Way in southwest Bakersfield.
A new practice by the Kern County Sheriff's Office to apprehend suspects who deputies believe are messaging children for sex was scrutinized Monday as opening statements and testimony began in the trial of a former California Highway Patrol officer netted by deputies through this investigatory method.
What started as a civil dispute over a Bakersfield Sikh temple’s ownership bled into a criminal matter as one of its owners — a candidate in last year’s City Council election — pleaded not guilty Friday to accusations he hatched a plan to have fellow temple members shot as a way of teaching them a lesson.
When his grandfather became ill, Jason Fisher agreed to serve as caretaker of his property, located in a rural area by an orange orchard.
On Thanksgiving night 2021, Fisher drove with his wife and child to perform a quick check on the property before going home. As he pulled up he noticed a car parked nearby with no one near it.
Upon receiving an urgent phone call while working at the Target on Stockdale Highway, Becky Fernandez removed tens of thousands of dollars from a store safe and delivered the money to an unknown man in a van near Buena Vista Road, she told police.
When Brian Pardue logged into the adult dating app Skout on July 3, 2020, he communicated with an account which had a profile indicating it belonged to a woman, a court filing said.
Woman charged with animal cruelty out on bail
A judge on Thursday reduced bail by more than $100,000 for a woman charged with running an unlicensed boarding and training operation where dead and neglected animals were found.
Bakersfield woman pleads not guilty to 14 felony animal cruelty charges
Pet owners trusted a Bakersfield woman to train or care for their dogs — instead, some ended up dead in garbage bags or decomposing in kennels, a Kern County prosecutor said Tuesday.
A Bakersfield woman was arrested on suspicion of animal abuse after 11 dead dogs and 29 dogs suffering varying levels of neglect were found at her unlicensed business, the Bakersfield Police Department said Monday.
A Bakersfield woman accused of 14 counts of felony animal cruelty after allegedly running an unlicensed boarding and training operation where dead and neglected animals were found has entered a plea.
A 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of felony animal abuse after animal control officers found 11 dead dogs and dozens of malnourished animals at three homes in Bakersfield earlier this month, according to police.
Locked in cages, fed coins and insulin-laced milk, that’s how Annie Schreiber, the woman who allegedly ran an unlicensed pet boarding business where dozens of animals faced negligence’s, described her childhood in a 2019 episode of ‘Dr.Phil.’
A judge on Thursday ordered a former Kern County deputy to stand trial on all charges filed against him in connection with alleged sexual misconduct involving five women, the charges stemming from incidents that occurred while he was on duty.
One of four defendants charged with violating protesters' civil rights during an alleged November 2020 incident surrounding the Black Lives Matter demonstrations took a plea deal Tuesday.
Attorney Kyle J. Humphrey, said there was a lot of ugliness during the incident and “both sides engaged in conduct you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see.” He said Marion is satisfied with the outcome.
A Bakersfield man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison in the death of his 22-month-old stepson following a contentious, three-day hearing in which defense counsel alleged prosecutorial and juror misconduct and slammed the trial judge for what it said was failure to ensure a fair trial for its client. "No one can refute that the appearance of unfairness has occurred throughout this trial," attorney Kyle J. Humphrey said.
Nick was an on-duty sheriff’s deputy who killed a woman while responding code 3 to a call. He was charged with going too fast and not being able to stop in time striking her car and killing her. Kyle was able to settle the case for no time misdemeanor outcome.
Attorney Humphrey secured probation for Edward Tucker, a former Kern County deputy accused of charges stemming from a series of arrests last year—one of which he even escaped police custody. Instead of more jail time, Tucker will serve probation and participate in a substance abuse program.
Attorney Humphrey secured a pair of acquittals for a Bakersfield lawyer who brandished and discharged a gun when approached late at night by homeless man known locally to threaten citizens. Humphrey clearly established the self-defense circumstances of the encounter and ensured that the court knew that his client recognized his own wrongdoing.
Attorney Humphrey secured minimum penalty for Jacob Dixon, who initially faced 20 different charges and a potential life sentence.
Attorney Humphrey entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Edward Tucker, who faces nine criminal charges, including for escaping police custody. He also spoke to the press about Mr. Tucker's $1 million bail, which he found excessive. Coverage of this same story from The Bakersfield Californian can be found here.