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D.A.: Suspect no longer being held on murder charge

Case against Flores sent back to BPD for further investigation
Francisco Flores
Abraham Lopez
Missy Medina
Posted at 5:23 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 20:23:51-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — One of three people believed to be involved in a deadly shooting in South Bakersfield last month is no longer being held on a murder charge.

The Kern County District Attorney's office told 23ABC News Tuesday that the case against Francisco Flores, Jr. has been sent back to detectives with Bakersfield Police for further investigation. No criminal charges have been filed in the case so far.

Flores, who was arrested on June 13 in Oildale, was expected to be arraigned on murder, conspiracy and gang participation charges, as well as multiple outstanding warrants on June 17.

Police say Flores was one of three people involved in the May 31 shooting death of Roman Dominguez on Raymond A. Spruance Court.

While the D.A.'s office has so far declined to file charges in the Spruance Street shooting, Flores is still being held on other charges, including violating his post-release supervision. He was sentenced to 120 days in custody, the D.A.'s office confirmed.

According to the BPD, around 8:02 p.m. on May 31, officers were called out to the 1900 block of Raymond A. Spruance Court for a victim of an assault.

When officers arrived, they found Dominguez suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. BPD says Hall Ambulance personnel arrived and pronounced Dominguez dead at the scene.

Almost two weeks after Dominguez's death, BPD identified Abraham Lopez, Missy Medina and Flores as suspects in the murder.

The next day, Flores was found and arrested in Oildale.

Lopez and Medina are still wanted for outstanding arrest warrants for murder, conspiracy and gang participation.

BPD says the firearm used in Dominguez's death has not been recovered. According to BPD, the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Felipe Juarez at 661-326-3553 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.