UPDATE: Double homicide suspect pleads not guilty

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UPDATE (8/10): Bryson Blair on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting a peace officer.

He was ordered held without bail.


UPDATE (8/9): Asia Blair was seeking a divorce from Bryson Blair and last month requested a domestic violence restraining order against him, court records show.

Bryson Blair has several criminal convictions, including a 2016 federal conviction in which he pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded “Russian assault weapon” and 145 rounds of ammunition.

He received 46 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release, prosecutors said.

In Kern County, Bryson Blair pleaded no contest in 2015 to misdemeanor spousal abuse, pleaded no contest in 2011 to misdemeanor battery and was convicted of second-degree robbery in 2005.

UPDATE (Aug. 7, 2021): Police said authorities in Los Angeles County arrested the man suspected in a double homicide Friday in southwest Bakersfield.

Officials said Bryson Blair was arrested Friday in Los Angeles County after a pursuit.

Blair was booked into the Kern County Jail on Saturday on two counts of first-degree murder. He is due in court on Tuesday, according to a Kern County inmate database.

Meanwhile, the coroner’s office identified the second victim in the killings as 28-year-old Asia Breann Blair. Her relationship to Bryson Blair was not immediately clear.


UPDATE (4:36 p.m.): Police say there is an active warrant for 35-year-old Bryson Lepaul Blair on two counts of murder. He’s described as Black, 6-foot-1, about 175 pounds with short hair.

Police cautioned Blair should not be approached. He may be armed.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911 and can remain anonymous.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Two people were killed in a shooting in southwest Bakersfield early this morning.

The Bakersfield Police Department said at around 4:54 a.m., it received reports of a shooting in an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Grassotti Court. When they arrived, the department said officers found two victims, a woman and a man, with gunshot wounds.

Coroner’s officials identified the man as Eugene Michael Dobarro Jr., 48.

BPD said both victims succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. There is no suspect information available at this time.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the department at 661-327-7111.

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