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Murder suspect pleads not guilty

December 22, 2011

Bishop resident Harlan Dewey pleaded not guilty to felony charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter during an arraignment in Inyo County Superior Court on Friday, Dec. 16.
The Inyo County Court Clerk’s Office said that Dewey has not been scheduled on the court calendar, but according to representatives from the office, “a settlement” is set for sometime this week.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Dewey, 40, is still the prime suspect in the Tuesday, Dec. 13 death of Daniel Barlow, 45, of Bishop. Barlow was pronounced dead at Northern Inyo Hospital that evening and his death was ruled a homicide.
Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Paul Baldwin, lead investigator for the case, said there are no more details to release at this point. Initial reports from the Sheriff’s Department were that evidence found at the crime scene led investigators to suspect “potential foul play” in Barlow’s death.
The Sheriff’s Department had received a call on Dec. 13 at approximately 9 p.m. of an unresponsive male subject on Winuba Lane in Bishop, according to press release issued Wednesday, Dec. 14, the morning following the incident.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Dewey was contacted at 1 a.m. on Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies and is being held on $1 million bail at Inyo County Jail.
Law enforcement investigators are still searching for leads in relation to another act of violence that was perpetrated on the Reservation, Baldwin said, in November.
On Nov. 21, Auburn Andreas was allegedly stabbed or sliced with a knife to her leg several times, Baldwin said. He said he was called to what he believes was Andreas’ home to find her bleeding. Andreas was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital and her wounds stitched.
Baldwin said there have been no arrests made in connection to Andreas’ incident as no one will come forward with information or to file charges.
Anyone with any information about the Andreas incident or the Dewey/Barlow incident is urged to call the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department at (760) 873-7887 or (760) 878-0383.

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