BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) UPDATE (Oct. 27) — The Bakersfield Police Department made an arrest in connection with the death of John Anthony Sosa Jr., while the man was in custody for another crime.

Corey Devlon Spells, 26, was arrested on Oct. 26 in connection with the death of Sosa, according to the department. Spells had previously been arrested on Oct. 21 in the 1500 block of White Lane for allegedly assaulting a woman, taking her purse and stabbing a witness to the robbery. While Spells was attempting to run away with the woman’s purse a witness to the theft chased down Spells.

The witness was stabbed Spells, according to BPD. The injury to the witness was not a life-threating wound.

The Bakersfield Police Department arrived shortly after and arrested Spells with no incident.

Spells is due in court Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.


(Oct. 18) — The man who was found dead in the area of Ming Avenue and Valhalla Drive on Oct. 3 has been identified by the Kern County Coroners office.

The man has been identified as John Anthony Sosa Jr., 48, of Bakersfield, according the coroner’s office. The cause of death was from a stab wound to the throat.


(Oct. 3)Police are investigating after a man was found dead Sunday morning in Southwest Bakersfield.

Bakersfield police officers were called just before 3 a.m. to the area of Ming Avenue and Valhalla Drive Officers found a man unconscious and bleeding in the 4600 block of American Avenue, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials tell 17 News the man may have been attacked at a nearby car wash before dying in an alley way.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111.

This is the 108th homicide in Kern County this year, according to 17’s Homicide Tracker.