Richard Castleberry hearing postponed

Richard Castleberry  hearing postponedBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The preliminary hearing for a Ridgecrest man – arrested and charged for a homicide last May – was pushed to late June earlier this month. While the specific reason for the postponement is unclear, many cases are being pushed back amid COVID-19 complications.

The suspect, Richard Joshua Castleberry, reportedly assaulted a man outside a Ridgecrest bar on May 26 of last year. According to reports, 32-year-old Castleberry became confrontational in the parking lot after being asked to leave the premises for urinating outside the building.

Castleberry later hit Luis Fernando Vargas Quintero, who was “just standing there” according to reports, who fell and hit his head on a car. First responders provided first aid to Quintero, 29, who was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The preliminary hearing, scheduled for June 25, 8:30 a.m. in Bakersfield, is to determine whether there is enough evidence to charge Castleberry for two felony charges of first-degree murder and assault.

Pictured: Richard Castleberry, arrested for suspected murder last May. Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-04-03