Kings County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday arrested Justin James Jeff, 23, in the murder of his cousin, Loren Wesley Jeff, 21, just before midnight Sunday.
Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said that Loren Jeff was shot late Sunday in the 16700 block of South Road and died after he was taken to Adventist Medical Center. He was found by deputies with a gunshot wound just blocks away from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore. Detectives identified Justin Jeff as the suspect and arrested him after a traffic stop. Detectives continue to investigate the possible motive.
Deputies were told the shooting may have taken place in the 16700 block of South Road, but when they arrived, Loren Jeff was in the back of a pickup at the Santa Rosa Rancheria guard station. The person driving the pickup was reportedly trying to take him to the hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.