A man who killed his uncle Friday ended his own life several miles from the crime scene a few hours later. But sheriff's deputies, unaware the suspect was dead, hunkered down for a seven-hour standoff outside a house in Oildale where they believed the killer was barricaded, and later issued an all-points bulletin that he had escaped.
Instead, Christopher Gray, 30, had died long before deputies had stormed the home, discovering it was empty. He headed to a Walmart on Rosedale Highway at about 11:15 a.m. and was reported for shoplifting. When Bakersfield Police Department officers