Three Suspects Arrested in California Murders of Two Lake Wales Brothers


Last updated 10/29/2020 at 2:41pm

Jerry Bonds Jr. and Randy Barnes Sr.

Three California men have been arrested and face first degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of two Lake Wales men. Investigators said the motive is unclear.

Detectives found the bodies of Randy Bonds Sr., 33, and Jerry Bonds Jr., 39, in a wooded area near Forbestown, CA after family members reported Oct. 21 they had lost contact after the brothers flew to Los Angeles and rented a car. The FBI and multiple law enforcement agencies got involved after their rental car was found in Boomtown, NV.

Arrested Oct. 22 were 21-year-olds Michael Griff and Austin Hogan, and 24-year-old Kyle Smith. Hogan and Smith were arrested during a traffic stop and Griff was arrested at the men's home in Oroville, CA.

Investigators are following up on additional information regarding the circumstances of the murders.


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