BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Bakersfield man accused of beating his former girlfriend to death with a baseball bat made his first appearance on the murder charge Tuesday in Kern County Superior Court.
Arraignment for Travis Brown was postponed for one week at the public defender's request.
Brown was dressed in paper jail garments, which indicate he is on suicide watch.
Sheriff's investigation reports obtained by Eyewitness News reveal that Brown admitted to getting angry with Charla Haar, 39, after an argument. The 24-year-old told the deputy he was angry and couldn't stop hitting her. He then covered her body with a blanket so he and Haar's two young children didn't have to see her dead.
Deputies were called last Friday to the home on Eucalyptus Drive to investigate the death. At that time, Brown told investigators he woke from a nap to find Haar dead.