Four notable cases hit significant milestones today as part of a busy day at the Superior Court in downtown Bakersfield.
Former Kern County deputy Edward Tucker agreed to a plea deal that will put him in jail for one year and in a residential facility for another.
Tucker made national headlines back in November when he escaped out of the back of a patrol car and walked out of the downtown jail's parking garage, eluding capture for three days.
For a timeline of Tucker's escape, click here.
Gustavo De La Cruz will stand trial in connection to the death of Taylor Embree in October 2013.
De La Cruz is accused of driving under the influence and hitting Embree's car head on. The impact split Embree's car in half and Embree was pronounced dead at the scene.
Opening statements are expected tomorrow.
A mistrial was called in the case of Lourdes Olvera.
She was arrested in June on suspicion of conspiracy after two men were killed in a shooting at a night club in Arvin.
Today, the jury returned announcing they were unable to reach a verdict. The judge ordered a new trial for Tuesday, March 8th.
Anthony Padilla was convicted of second degree murder.
Padilla stabbed Oscar Simental through the heart in august 2014.
Padilla faces a possible sentence of 36 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced next month.