There have been 25 homicides in Kern County so far in 2017.
There were 98 homicides in Kern County in 2016.
275%African-Americans were 2.75 times more likely to be homicide victims.
4%of all homicides in 2016 were officer-involved shootings
15%of all homicides in 2015 were officer-involved shootings.
67%of all homicides in 2016 remain unsolved.
60%of all homicides in 2015 remain unsolved.
The coroner rules a death to be a homicide when the death is "at the hands of another."
The term "homicide" includes deaths from murder and justifiable self-defense.
The term "homicide" does not include accidents or vehicle deaths.
Homicide Tracker Reports
Introducing Kern County Homicide Tracker
Kern is on course to set a bloody record for homicides. Since 2000, more than a thousand local …
2016 Kern County Homicides List
An ongoing list of the homicides that have taken place in Kern County in 2016
Homicide Tracker Interactive Map
KGET News' interactive map plots where homicides have occurred in Kern County and provides details …
Why The Homicide Tracker?
Since 2000, more than a thousand Kern County residents have been victims of homicide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a list of some of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding this site and the homicides in …
Police reports reveal new details on the murder of a local teen
We're getting our first look at police reports which provide further detail in the death of a …
A couple accused of murdering a woman during an argument came face to…
A couple accused of murdering a woman during an argument came face to face with her family.
Friends and family of suspect in teenage girl's murder recount the night…
The coroner's office says 15-year-old Stacy Duke was strangled by someone's bare hands. Law …
Coroner identifies victim in deadly shooting
Through the course of the investigation, homicide detectives learned that 33-year-old Cori Cotton …
Man enters plea to fatal shooting last November
The man charged in connection to a fatal shooting in east Bakersfield has entered a plea deal with …
Kern County Homicides
Since 2000, there has been an average of 73.1 homicides per year in Kern County.
Kern's record for homicides is 98 in 2009 and 2016.
Homicide by race, 2016
- 47% Hispanic
- 22% White
- 22% Black
- 7% Unknown
- 1% American Indian
- 1% East Indian
Victim cause of death, 2016
- 58% Gunshot wound
- 11% Stab wound
- 8% Blunt force trauma
- 8% Asphyxia
- 8% Undisclosed
- 4% Officer-involved shooting
- 2% Miscarriage
- 1% Hypertrophic heart disease with other significant condition of blunt force trauma
- 85% Men
- 11% Women
- 4% Undisclosed
52% (43) homicides were in Bakersfield
48% (38) homicides were outside Bakersfield:
- 51% Unincorporated areas of Kern County
- 33% Bakersfield
- 7% Delano
- 3% Kern Valley State Prison
- 2% Arvin
- 1% California Correctional Institution
- 1% Undisclosed
Click here for more location information
If you have information on a homicide case:
Kern County Sheriff's Office
Bakersfield Police Department
Delano Police Department
Arvin Police Department
Secret Witness Hotline
Homicide Tracker Staff
This page is dedicated to Steve E. Swenson, Kern’s original homicide tracker.