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Palm Springs Police Department
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 :: 11:23 a.m. PDT


Palm Springs Police Department News Release

*Palm Springs Police Department 
News Release*

Date: 04-23-2019
Current Time: 11:21:41
Address: 300 Block Pico Road Palm Springs
Incident Type: Homicide Investigation
Incident Details: Homicide Investigation:

Date: 04/22/2019
Time: About 6:00 p.m.
Location: 300 Block Pico Road Palm Springs, CA
Suspect: McKernan, Stephen 04/15/1943 male adult resident of Palm Springs
Charges: PC 187 (Murder)

On Monday, April 22, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m., PSPD officers responded to a residence in the 300 Block of Pico Road, regarding a medical aid for an elderly female that had been assaulted. Officers arrived to find the elderly female victim with significant trauma, deceased inside the residence. A house guest, identified as 75 year old Stephen McKernan, was also at the location. The preliminary investigation revealed McKernan had known the victim and her husband for several years. The investigation lead investigators to believe that McKernan was responsible for the homicide of the elderly female victim.

McKernan was arrested by PSPD at 8: 15 pm and was later transported to the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, CA. Currently, McKernan is being charged with PC 187 (Murder).

The investigation is in its early stages and we ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have information related to this incident to contact the Palm Springs Police Department Detective Bureau at 760-778-8411. You may also report the information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.

All suspects related to this investigation are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Palm Springs Police Department
200 S Civic Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Emergency: 9-1-1

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