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Coroner's Office ID's one of two men found dead inside of Cal City home

Police: killing could be a failed murder-suicide
Posted at 9:32 AM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 21:31:45-05

UPDATE (March 1, 2018 6:40 p.m.): The Kern County Coroner's Office has identified one of the men found dead inside of a Cal City home as 35-year-old Christian Gulley. 

The postmortem exam revealed Gulley's cause of death was multiple stab wounds, and the manner of death was homicide. 


UPDATE (February 28): Police say a note found inside the residence leads detectives to believe the incident may have been a failed murder-suicide. Cynthia Gulley appeared in court on Wednesday, but her arraignment was pushed to March 7. 


UPDATE (February 27, 2018 7:55p.m.): The second person found dead inside of a Cal City home has been identified as 80-year-old Shelton Gulley. Gulley's cause of death has not yet been released.


A California City woman was taken into custody on Monday for allegedly stabbing her son to death.

Police say Cynthia Gulley, 55, is suspected of stabbing her son Christian Gulley, 35, last Tuesday morning at their home on Hemlock Avenue.

When officers responded they found Christian dead with apparent stab wounds.

Officers also found an elderly man deceased inside of the home; Cal City Police confirm that the man was Cynthia's husband. The cause of his death is unknown.

Cynthia was suffering from a self-inflicted stab wound and was taken to the hospital. She was taken into custody after she was released.

Cynthia is expected to appear in court on Wednesday and is facing first degree murder.