Jubilation, heartbreak, disappointment and relief poured from scores of people clustered in and around Kern County Superior Court on Friday as a long-awaited verdict convicted Trezell and Jacqueline West of killing their adoptive son Orrin West. But jurors couldn’t decide if the defendants murdered his brother Orson West.

It’s been about 2 ½ years since Orrin, 4, and Orson, 3, were reported missing in December 2020 by Trezell, 36, and Jacqueline West, 33, which sparked a desperate hunt across the nation to find the boys. It seemed a majority of California City residents scoured eastern Kern County and speculation online ran rampant as many puzzled over what happened to the toddlers.

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