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.
Bakersfield parks system ranks poorly in report
A report released yesterday by the Trust for Public Land ranked Bakersfield's parks system in a tie for 71st out of the largest 100…
Bakersfield police detective reaches plea deal
A Bakersfield Police detective charged in a federal drug possession case has taken a plea deal.
Ski resort murder suspect found not guilty
New developments out of the courthouse where a murder suspect learned his fate today.
5 arrested in KC Fire Department burglary
Within the last month, Kern County Fire Department Fire Station 72 in Lake Isabella was burglarized on three separate occasions, and over…