BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Friday afternoon, the family gathered to lay Bianca Flores to rest, with many of her family and friends by her side. The services were held at the South Kern Cemetery district in Arvin.
The 19-year-old was killed during an illegal street race near the intersection of Panama Lane and Akers Road on February 2.
Just a few hours after Flores’s funeral the suspect, 35-year-old Iqbal Singh, appeared in court for the first time Friday afternoon.
The attorney for Singh requested for a judge to set bail. “There is also no clear and convincing evidence that my client would be a threat to anyone.”
His attorney stating his defense for bail to be set around 50,000 but the judge deciding instead to raise it even higher: “Mr. Singh in my opinion, made quite a significant disregard for human life in engaging in the type of behavior that he would engage and in such I am going to set bail for $650,000 for now.”
Singh was charged with second degree murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, assault with a deadly weapon and illegal speed contest.
The judge also put a criminal protective order in place.
“We are going to serve your client, over your objection of course with a criminal protective order and must have no telephonic electronic or written contact with the protected person, must have no contact with any third parties and the protected person can report any and all communications with client.”
Singh is expected to appear in court for his pre-preliminary hearing on March 23.