A Bakersfield man charged with murder in the shooting of a casino security guard refused to stay silent in court Tuesday, instead loudly claiming he was only defending himself and insisting he's been tortured since his arrest.
Keon Andre Brackenridge, 31, ignored repeated commands from a judge and deputies to be quiet during his arraignment. A Public Defender asked for the arraignment to be postponed, but Brackenridge refused.
"You all been torturing me since I got shot," he said.
Judge Colette M. Humphrey told the attorney to proceed with the arraignment as Brackenridge continued talking. Seated in a wheelchair with a cast on his left arm, he kept talking as he was removed from the courtroom.
Humphrey ordered Brackenridge held without bail after the attorney entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
Authorities say Brackenridge fired multiple times at security guards during an altercation Friday at Golden West Casino, killing 25-year-old Richard Esau Iloilo. Security guards returned fire, injuring Brackenridge.
Golden West Casino posted to its Facebook page that Iloilo "was a highly regarded and well-respected member of our security team" whose actions Friday saved lives.
"I had the pleasure of working with Richard; he was a gentle giant, humble, respectful and a genuine human being," wrote Ismael Garcia on Golden West's post. "God bless you Richard for your sacrifice. May you take your place above and keep watching over us."
Another commenter, Dave Brown, wrote, "My condolences to Richard and his family. He was a fine young man and his death was senseless."
Deputies received reports around 5:30 p.m. of multiple people with gunshot wounds, and arrived to find Iloilo's body at the casino's entrance at 1001 S. Union Ave.
Another call reported a gunshot victim across the street. That man, later identified as Brackenridge, was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment, then arrested.
Golden West Casino said on Facebook its top priority remains the safety and comfort of its customers and employees. The post said the casino has "extensive security measures" developed by its head of security, who had years of law enforcement experience in Los Angeles.
"Last night those security measures were activated to protect our customers and team members," the post says. "We are continuing to work with law enforcement as they complete their investigation."
In addition to murder, Brackenridge is charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He has two prior felony convictions, according to court records.
In 2015, he pleaded no contest to carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.
In 2011, he pleaded no contest to gang participation and possessing drugs for sale, court records show. He received a two-year prison term in that case.