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17-year-old suspect arrested in 18-year-old's murder

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of shooting a young man found dead in an orchard off Breckenridge Road.

A farmworker discovered the body of 18-year-old Michael Justin Ballesteros on Feb. 9.

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The Kern County Sheriff's Office said it arrested a 17-year-old boy on Tuesday at a home on La Costa Street, near Highland High School in the northeast part of Bakersfield.


The Sheriff's Office didn't say what evidence its investigators found to link the teenager to the murder. The Sheriff's Office made no comment about a possible motive.

Since the suspect is a juvenile, he was not named.

Anyone who can provide information helpful to the ongoing investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness hotline at 322-4040.

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