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COURT DOCS: West Side Crips member identified as a primary suspect in Kason Guyton murder

Arrested during BPD gang sweep
Court Docs: Suspect in Kason Guyton murder
Posted at 1:46 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2020-12-14 12:25:04-05

One of the primary suspects in Kason Guyton's murder has been identified in court documents obtained by 23ABC.

Five-year-old Guyton was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in February. For several months, police could not name any suspect in Guyton's murder. In November, Bakersfield Police said they identified the suspect vehicle in the murder. 

Last week, the 10-month investigation led up to a multi-agency gang sweep, named "Operation Blind Mice." The sweep led to 40 arrests. BPD Chief Lyle Martin launched the inter-agency operation with the intention of getting more information on Guyton's murder.

Jonathan Knight, a documented West Side Crips member, has been identified as one of the primary suspects in Guyton's murder. 

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According to the documents, Knight, 27, goes by the nickname "Lil Mice" and was the target subject of a state wiretap order on his personal phone. 

The documents also show Knight identifies another West Side Crips member, Jeremy King, 25, as "Baby Mice."

Skylor Billings, 24, or "Tiny Mice," is another person named in the phone conversation between Knight and another West Side Crips member. 

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Knight, King, and Billings are already in custody on different charges, which are all gang-related. The three men all pleaded not guilty to those charges and are due back in court later this month.

The documents identify King as a primary suspect, however BPD says no arrests have been in the Kason Guyton case.

Two others arrested in last week's massive interagency sweep were due in federal court on Monday to face charges. William Thomas and Luis Fernandez were in federal court in Fresno. Thomas is accused of selling crack cocaine while Fernandez is accused of selling meth. They are due back in court next week.