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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release


DATE/TIME:             Monday, January 27, 2014 / 9:43 p.m.  


INCIDENT:               Homicide Investigation


LOCATION:              6300 block of Palmview Avenue, Twenty-nine Palms                        


SUSPECT:                Raymond Burney, age 51 a resident of Twenty-nine Palms  


VICTIM:                  Wayne Basil Kerr, 55 year old resident of Twentynine Palms (DOB: 8/21/1958) 


On Monday, January 27, 2014, at approximately 9:43 p.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of a shooting in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue in Twenty-nine Palms. Upon arrival, deputies located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Medical personnel responded to the location and pronounced the victim deceased.    


The suspect was also located at the scene, detained by deputies and subsequently arrested without incident.


Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Homicide Detail responded to the location and are currently conducting the investigation.  Investigators have determined that the victim and the suspect were involved in an argument prior to the shooting.


Raymond Burney was transported and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for PC187 Murder.  Deputies discovered the suspect, Raymond Burney, was on supervised probation for possession of cocaine base for sales as a result of California Assembly Bill 109.


As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the state to lower its prison population by 30,000; offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in county jails and be placed on local supervision through county Probation.


Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Aaron Rodriguez or Sergeant Rick Bessinger, at (909) 387-3589.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at


Refer:                Detective Aaron Rodriguez or Sergeant Rick Bessinger                        


Station:              Specialized Investigations - Homicide Detail                       


Phone No.:        (909) 387-3589           


Case No.           DR #091400097 H #2014-010



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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