BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Matthew Queen, accused of killing a man who is part of so-called “Bakersfield 3”, is due to hold a preliminary hearing on Wednesday at which witnesses, including his child’s mother, will testify should.
The hearing is expected to last two days. When it’s done, a judge will determine if the prosecutor has produced enough evidence to order Queen to stand on dozens of charges, including murder, torture, and kidnapping.
Queen and Baylee Despot, who have been missing since 2018, are both accused of killing Micah Holsonbake. A third defendant, Matthew Tyler Vandecasteele, is charged with kidnapping and conspiracy.
The Bakersfield 3 refers to three acquaintances who were killed or missing within two months in 2018.
Holsonbake was last seen near Flower Street and Mount Vernon Avenue on March 23, 2018. Months later, an arm identified as belonging to Holsonbake was found in the core near Hart Park. The rest of his body was not found.
About a month after Holsonbake went missing, Despot, Queen’s ex-girlfriend, went missing. She has not been heard since.
The third person, James Kulstad, was shot dead in southwest Bakersfield on April 8, 2018. Nobody was arrested in his murder.
He knew both Holsonbake and Despot.