A man charged in connection to the death of Joseph Lara has taken a plea deal.

During a hearing on Tuesday, Dennis Marroquin pleaded no contest to conspiring to commit a crime in exchange for the accessory charge being dropped. He is expected to be sentenced on June 5.

Marroquin was arrested along with two others in January after a dog found a human toe in the backyard of a residence in southwest Bakersfield. After the finding was reported to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, deputies found a body that was later identified as the 21-year-old Lara.

Over the course of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office learned that Lara had died of an overdose of several drugs and was buried in the backyard to prevent discovery.

In April, David Williams also took a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Kailee Morrison was arrested on charges of conspiracy, being an accessory, possessing drugs for sale and keeping a residence to sell drugs. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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