Jury finds man accused in death of BPD officer David Nelson guilty of 2nd-degree murder

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A jury has found Julian Hernandez guilty on all charges — including second degree murder — stemming from a crash that killed Bakersfield police officer David Nelson in 2015.

Hernandez was charged with second-degree murder in Nelson’s death after Nelson crashed his patrol car during a high-speed chase.

Hernandez was found guilty on the following charges: second-degree murder, death evading an officer causing death, possession of firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm with prior felony conviction.

Jurors began deliberations Wednesday.

Prosecutors argued Hernandez deliberately led the officer on a dangerous pursuit and should be held responsible for Nelson’s death.

The second-degree murder charge Hernandez faced included a potential sentence of 25 years to life in prison because Nelson was a police officer.

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