A new development in the Bishop murder case. The Inyo Sheriff’s Department revealed that follow-up investigation led to the arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile male who confessed to the murder of 29-year-old James Williams.
The Sheriff’s Department said that investigators interviewed a juvenile male Tuesday who ultimately confessed to the brutal attack on Barlow Lane November 26th, which cost one man his life. The juvenile subject remained held at the Inyo County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Sheriff’s Department said Morgan Kinney, Jr., originally arrested as the murder suspect, will remain in custody, held on a parole violation, pending further investigation.
The second homicide in less than six months in their neighborhood has upset residents of the Bishop Indian Reservation. Tribal leaders have met and will take steps to try to prevent future tragedies.
Tribal Chairman Bill Vega said he will meet with the full Tribal Council Thursday to talk about organizing all social programs that might help address problems that have led to the two murders. Vega said he thinks drugs and alcohol are playing a big part in the recent tragedies.
Vega said he wanted to let the community know that tribal leaders are concerned. “We want to stop the violence,” Vega said. He said the community is safe over-all but needs to look at prevention of problems.
Chairman Vega said that he will release information of an upcoming community meeting for tribal members.