DELANO, Calif. - Delano police have arrested 49-year-old John Albay Galafate at his residence in the 1000 block of Dover Place Tuesday morning for implication in the murder of John Holguin Espinoza.
The body of 88-year-old John Espinoza was discovered in September 2013 submerged in the Friant Canal, just east of Delano.
READ RELATED | Elderly Delano man found dead in trunk laid to rest
Espinoza was a barber and WWII veteran, and he even served on Delano's Planning Commission at one point.
Delano police said Galafate was arrested for murder, kidnapping, carjacking, elderly abuse, and robbery.
The coroner's office determined the cause of death was drowning with other contributing factors of ligature strangulation and multiple blunt force trauma.
Traffic slowed at M Street, Highway 178
One lane of traffic has been shut down on Highway 178 at M Street due to a crash Thursday morning.
Shots fired again in Bakersfield, 2 arrested
Bakersfield police need your help finding two suspects involved in a shooting last night.
Possible changes to Kern River death sign
For nearly 50 years an infamous sign has been updated to show drivers on Highway 178 headed towards Kernville just how many live the Kern…
Rosedale Hwy. roadwork is frustrating drivers
Drivers say they are getting frustrated with the Rosedale Highway widening project. Crews have been working on the road for more than a year.…