New details in the murder of a Caliente woman whose body was found in a shallow grave

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New details in the murder of a Caliente woman whose body was found earlier this week in a shallow grave. 

Family members said Kristin Goldsberry, 39, was shot in the head in a mobile home in a remote area of the southern end of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains, east of Bakersfield. The sheriff's department said the shooting happened March 28. They weren't notified until five days later. Two days later, they served a search warrant. The next day they found her body on the property where Caliente Creek Road meets Back Canyon Road in Twin Oaks. 

Cori Cotton, 33, is accused of killing Goldsberry during an argument. Cotton pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and attempted murder. Her boyfriend, Bret Stroud, 56, also pleaded not guilty to being an accessory.   

Cotton is also accused of shooting at Goldsberry's boyfriend who got away unharmed. 

Goldsberry's sister, Amy Townsend, lives in Sacramento. She said she found out over the weekend that her sister was missing.

Townsend said, "That's when I knew something was wrong. She really had a good heart and meant well. I think that she chose a wrong path and maybe was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Goldsberry's family has created a Go Fund Me page to raise money to transport her body to Sacramento. 


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