Update: 2 Charged With Murder, Various Crimes

28 Count Indictment Charging 2 With Murder, Various Crimes

During the week of Nov. 16, the Kern County Grand Jury delivered a 28-count indictment charging Kerry Hastings, age 23, and Markisha Ann Williams, age 24, both of Bakersfield, with numerous gangrelated crimes, including violence and weapons charges.

Both Hastings and Williams have been indicted on charges of the murder of Leonard Banks in the 2700 block of Fairview Road in September 2006.

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  • In addition, Hastings is charged with the murder of Ernest Kerr Jr. in the 1500 block of Cottonwood Road in July 2007 and the murder of Anthony Daniels in the 1300 block of Reese Street in June 2009.

    Hastings and Williams were previously arrested on unrelated charges and will remain in the Kern County Jail pending arraignment on the current charges.

    Hastings' Charges-

  • 6 counts of ATTEMPTED MURDER
  • 1 count of ASSAULT WITH MACHINEGUN ON PERSON
  • 2 counts of ASSAULT WITH SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARM ON PERSON
  • 1 count of SHOOTING AT OCCUPIED MOTOR VEHICLE
  • 2 counts of ROBBERY:SECOND DEGREE
  • 7 counts of POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY A FELON
  • 3 counts of murder in the first degree
  • 1 count of possession of marijuana for sale
  • 1 count of CARRY LOADED FIREARM WITHOUT REGISTRATION
  • 1 count of CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBER CARRY LOADED FIREARM:PUBLIC:P
  • 1 count of POSSESS PHENCYCLIDINE/ETC FOR SALE
  • 1 count of RECEIVE/ETC KNOWN STOLEN PROPERTY
  • 1 count of PARTICIPATING IN A STREET GANG
  • 1 count of CONSPIRE TO COMMIT A CRIME
  • Williams' Charges -

  • 1 count MURDER: FIRST DEGREE
  • 1 count ATTEMPTED MURDER
  • 1 count ROBBERY:SECOND DEGREE
  • 1 count CONSPIRE TO COMMIT A CRIME
  • This indictment is the result of a lengthy investigation that was a joint effort of the Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Office of the Kern County District Attorney.

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