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Matthew Queen, Baylee Despot charged with murder, torture

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Posted at 2:03 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 17:51:52-04

Two people have been charged with multiple crimes connected to what is known as the "Bakersfield 3", including one person who has been missing for two years. According to the Kern County District Attorney's Office, Matthew Queen and Baylee Despot have been charged with murder, torture, kidnapping and conspiracy in the case of Micah Holsonbake.

Queen has faced multiple charges in the past, including kidnapping, resisting arrest, and weapons charges. Despot, who was charged with murder and torture, was last seen two years ago and is considered part of the Bakersfield 3. A third person, Matthew Tyler Vandecasteele, is charged with kidnapping and conspiracy in the case.

The DA's office said although Baylee Despot has been reported missing since 2018, there is no known physical evidence that definitively confirms her possible death.