Deputies look for suspect accused of stabbing, killing man at Dollar General parking lot in Oildale

OILDALE, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office needs the community's help finding a suspect accused of stabbing and killing a man in Oildale, Wednesday. 

Ronald Burchett, 57, is wanted for for the murder of Steven Caleb Taylor Corpe. 

The stabbing happened a little after 9 p.m.  in the parking lot of the Dollar General on Roberts Lane near Chester Avenue.

According to Sheriff's deputies, Burchett stabbed Corpe in the upper torso area. 

Corpe , 23, was taken to Kern Medical Center where he later died.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the altercation between Corpe and Burchett was related to a previous incident. According to deputies, Burchett had an altercation with an acquaintance of Corpe at a McDonald's parking lot shortly before the stabbing.

Burchett is described as a white man about 5-feet-7-inches tall, 160 pounds with grey hair and brown eyes. Burchett is known to frequent the Oildale and East Bakersfield areas. 

If anyone has information on his whereabouts they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message. 




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