Fresno County DA: Insufficient evidence to file charges against double-murder suspect

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A day after his arrest in Bakersfield, a man accused of a double murder in Parlier has been released from police custody.

The Fresno County District Attorney's Office says there is "insufficient evidence" to file charges against Jose Zepeda.

The 42-year-old is suspected of killing 25-year-old Gilberto Bustos and 24-year-old Malaquias Flores in 2008 during an alleged drug deal at a Parlier apartment complex.

The case sat cold for years until a retired detective found Zepeda's name linked to a recent arson arrest out of Kern County after an illegal marijuana grow led to a house fire.

Zepeda was released from the Fresno County jail Thursday night.
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