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Kern County DA Office indict two suspects in connection to the murder of 5-year-old Kason Guyton

Kason Guyton, Jonathan Knight, Jeremy King
Kason Guyton
Posted at 2:37 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 11:31:30-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County District Attorney's office announced the indictments of two men they believe are responsible for the murder of 5-year-old Kason Guyton.

In February of 2017 Guyton was riding in the back seat of a car alongside his 7-year-old brother B.J. when bullets flew.

Their mother’s boyfriend Dayvon Vercher was driving, a documented member of the East Side Crips. Seconds after the shooting Vercher realized his girlfriend’s children had been shot, rushing the two brothers to Kern Medical. B.J. survived but Kason was fatally shot.

On Thursday, the DA's office said they have indicted Jonathan Knight and Jeremy King on eight felony counts regarding the murder of Guyton.

Knight, also known as "Lil Mice", was arrested last month, in connection to the shooting in a Southwest Bakersfield neighborhood on Saturday evening. He was initially named as a primary suspect in the shooting death of 5-year-old Kason Guyton.

According to officials, Knight is a member of the West Side Crips and believe his involvement with Guyton's murder was to "benefit" the street gang.

Officials said King is currently at-large and has not been apprehended.