UPDATE: Man pleads no contest to manslaughter charge in East Bakersfield stabbing

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UPDATE (8/4/2020): Bravo on Wednesday pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, court records show. The murder charge was dismissed.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 1.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) (9/2/2020) — A suspect has been arrested in the July stabbing death of a man in East Bakersfield, deputies said.

Miguel Bravo, 29, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder in the death of 28-year-old Tanner Alan Blankenship, according to sheriff’s officials.

Blankenship was stabbed around 1:30 a.m. July 20 near the Backyard Organics medical marijuana dispensary on River Boulevard near Knotts Street, deputies said. He was taken by a private vehicle to Kern Medical, where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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