Ice ax killer’s preliminary hearing on child sex crimes set

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Ridgecrest man serving a life sentence for killing a woman with an ice ax is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 2 on charges of child sex abuse and possession of child pornography.

There is no plea offer on the new charges filed against 23-year-old Daniel Gunnarsson, his defense attorney said. His preliminary hearing — where a judge determines if there’s sufficient evidence for the case to proceed — is expected to last less than an hour.

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The alleged victim told deputies Gunnarsson forced her to engage in sex acts on numerous occasions from 2016 to 2021, according to a probable cause declaration.

In October, Gunnarrson was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the May 18, 2021, murder of 21-year-old Kathryn Pham. He dated Pham for about a month before killing her in a garage at his stepfather’s home on Skylark Avenue.

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