Bakersfield - A Tehachapi murder suspect will stand trial in a Bakersfield courtroom for the voluntary manslaughter of his close friend.
Thirty six year old Logan Quiroga is scheduled for a readiness hearing on March 2, 2012 at 9 a.m. then appears in court again on March 12, 2012 at 9 a.m. for a jury trial. Quiroga is accused of voluntary manslaughter and felon in possession of a firearm for the January 13, 2011 death of his close friend Stephen Christy after a heated argument at Christy's home in Tehachapi. Quiroga allegedly fled California shortly after the killing and was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Yuma, Arizona on December 9, 2011 after being featured on "AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" and on the run for nearly a year. He was brought back to California on January 3, 2012 and pled not guilty on January 4th. His original charges of First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon were reduced to Voluntary Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Quiroga is currently being held at the Kern County Sheriff's Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility on $250,000 bail.
If convicted, Quiroga could face several years in prison.