Kern DA files additional murder charges against 2 men accused in December killing

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The Kern County District Attorney’s Office has filed additional murder charges against two men who are already facing trial for the killing of a man in December.

The DA’s office filed new murder charges Thursday against Louie Ricardo Perez and Daniel Animas in the previously unsolved killings of two people in October. The bodies of Celenna Sanchez and Jessie James John were discovered at a home on Lomita Drive on Oct. 6.

Perez and Animas now face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Sanchez and John. These charges also include special circumstances, the DA’s office said.

The two men are scheduled to be in court on the new charges on Feb. 22. 

Perez and Animas are already in trial proceedings for the killing of Victor Velasquez on Dec. 4, 2018 at a home on McDonald Way. 

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