Ex-con captured, held in slaying

first_imgCALIFORNIA CITY – An ex-convict sought in the shooting death of another ex-con in the desert northeast of the city’s airport has been arrested, California City police said. Lee Wayne Simpson, 34, of California City, was arrested Saturday without incident by Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies outside the city of Ukiah, police said. “We believe in the evening hours of Feb. 28, the victim and the suspect were together in the suspect’s vehicle in a remote area of the city in the general vicinity of the local airport,” Lt. Steve Colerick said. “For unknown reasons, the suspect shot to the back of head of the victim, then dragged his body about 20 feet into the desert and left the area.” The motive for the slaying has not been determined, and the investigation was still ongoing, Colerick said. Anyone with information about the killing was asked to call Colerick at (760) 373-8606. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The victim and the suspect had known each other for several weeks. Simpson has prior convictions for arson and weapon possession, Colerick said. Neither man was on parole. Daryth Fairbank, 35, who was reported missing last Wednesday in what friends and family suspected was foul play, was found dead off a dirt road the next day by friends searching the desert for him, police said. Simpson was arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held without bail in Kern County jail, Kern County sheriff’s department records showed. He was scheduled to be arraigned today. When Mendocino County deputies arrested Simpson, he was inside a residence, and his 1995 green Ford pickup truck was parked outside, Colerick said. The murder weapon has not been located, Colerick said. last_img