Murder suspect with connections to Taft arrested in Bakersfield

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller

The former Taft man and a woman wanted in connection with a double murder in Kentucky were arrested in Bakersfield Friday.

The Kern County Sheriff's jail website shows Edward Whitledge, 29, and Kayla Spivey, 28, were booked into the jail by Bakersfield police at 5:40 p.m. Friday.

They were both wanted in a double murder in Thompkinsville, Ky. on September 20.

Whitledge is from Bakersfield but has connections to Taft.

Spivey is from Hiham, Tenn.

Kentucky state police issued warrants for the pair charging Whitledge with two counts of murder and Spivey with two counts of complicity in the murders.

Whitledge was apparently armed when he was arrested.

He was charged with several felony weapons charges, including possession of a concealed, unregistered firearm, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and carrying a loaded firearm without registration.

Both are being held without bail in the Sheriff's central receiving facility.