Men linked to two fatal shootings in Bakersfield plead not guilty

Posted: Apr 26, 2021 / 6:27 PM PDT
Updated: April 26, 2021 / 6:27 PM PDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Two men in their early twenties pleaded not guilty to nine crimes that resulted from a series of shootings that killed two people in January.

Jorge Flores (23) and Carlos Trejo (22) were charged on Monday afternoon with two murder cases and three attempted murders, including the involvement of gangs. Both will be held without bail in the case.

The two have been linked to two shootings that occurred hours apart in January, along with another shootout that occurred earlier this month in April. Before 3 p.m. on Jan. 15, the couple were charged with killing 27-year-old Vladimir Sanchez on Meeks Avenue in South Bakersfield. Another person was wounded. Hours later, on the morning of January 16, 28-year-old Scottie Tripp was shot dead on Taylor Street near Belle Terrace. In the third shootout on which the defendants are charged, a man was wounded outside a cannabis dispensary on Cannon Avenue and Cottonwood Road on April 6. This case has been investigated by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Flores has been assigned a public defender, while Trejo is represented by the Indigent Defense Program. Both are due in court on May 21st.

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