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Modesto Attorney, 3 CHP Officers, and Turlock Pop-N-Cork Store Owners Arrested in Korey Kauffman 2012 Murder

Sabrina Rodriguez/TurlockCityNews.com

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference in regards to multiple arrests being made for the 2012 death of Korey Kauffman.

In a 325-page affidavit document, the pages noted that Criminal Defense Attorney Frank Carson, who is also a former District Attorney candidate, had an outraged issue with theft from his home on 9th street in Turlock. Carson wanted the thief to be handled, which hopefully would set an example to other thieves in the surrounding area. Carson in this case has been labeled as the mastermind behind this powerful crime that ended in the murder of Korey Kauffman.

Back on Feb. 26, 2014, the County Sherriff’s Department SWAT Team went to the 1100 block of East Avenue with an arrest warrant for Robert Lee Woody. Being the first person arrested in the Kauffman case, he was charged with first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy, and false imprisonment.

At Friday’s press conference, information was released stating that more people were involved in this case, and unfortunately, some who are in professional law enforcement.

California Highway Patrol Officers Walter Wells III was arrested for murder, Eduardo Quintanar was arrested for conspiracy and accessory to murder, and Scott McFarlane for conspiracy and accessory to murder of Kauffman.

Officer Wells is no longer employed by the CHP as of June 19.

Officers Quintanar and Officer McFarlane are on administrative leave.

While this is a dark situation, during the press conference CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said, “They worked this case through exhaustion and never gave up.”

He followed up saying “there are many men and woman, 11,000, who are honest, good, hard working officers, who have good value.”

Frank Carson was arrested for murder, Georgina Delfilippo, Carson’s wife, was arrested for murder, Christina Delfilippo, Carson’s stepdaughter, was arrested for conspiracy and accessory to murder, and brothers Baljit Athwal and Daljit Atwal, who own Pop-N-Cork in Turlock, were arrested for murder.

The brothers, who spell their last name differently, previously had formed a protest in front of the Modesto District Attorney’s Office back in March because they had claimed that they were innocent after their homes and businesses were searched.

The case had begun back on April 2, 2012, when Kauffman’s stepfather reported him missing. Kauffman was last seen at his best friend’s house before he had left to the store and never returned like he intended to.

From that point the family was in desperate search to find their beloved family member.

On Aug. 19, 2013, a group of hunters had found the remains of Kauffman at Stanislaus National Forest. When the autopsy was done the cause of death was determined “suspicious,” according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

Now that the suspects to this suspicious death have been arrested, justice is now in its beginning stages to being served, after three long years.

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