A Fresno couple arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman whose body was found in Gorman three months ago and of then kidnapping her three children are now expected to formally charged in December for those crimes in December.
Joshua Aaron Robertson, 27, and Britney Sue Humphrey, 22, appeared Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court where they were scheduled to be arraigned on several felony charges.
They were not arraigned and now both are set to be formally charged on Dec. 5, Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
According to the felony complaint filed against them by prosecutors, Robertson and Humphrey are alleged to have kidnapped three children by “forcibly and by instilling fear, steal, take, hold, detain and arrest” them.
The complaint also charges them with the “willful, deliberate and premeditated Murder” of Kimberly Harvill, mother of the three children.
The complaint also alleges Robertson shot and killed Harvill and that he further broke the law being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Harvill’s body was found lying in the brush by a motorist on Aug. 14 along Gorman Post Road, north of California State Route 138, in Lebec, near the Kern County line.
Her children – 5-year-old daughter Rylee Watkins; 3 year-old son Brayden Watkins, and 2-year-old Joslynn Watkins – were found unharmed in New Mexico in August.
Humphrey and Robertson were arrested a short time later.
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