2 men charged with murder 4 months after being found with dead body in SUV

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Two men were booked on murder charges after being found traveling with a dead body inside their vehicle back in January, according to officials. 

Manpreet Sidhu and Ben Barness were booked on charges of murder and conspiracy in the death of Evmir Evangelista, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office inmate database.

Barness was booked Wednesday. Sidhu was booked Thursday.

The men were initially found driving on Highway 65 with Evangelista’s body inside their SUV, investigators said. 

The case remained under investigation until both men were formally charged Tuesday. 

Barness is due in court Friday. Sidhu is due in court Monday. 

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