A Tehachapi man charged with murder in the death of his mother made his first court appearance Tuesday while wearing paper clothing, an indication he's on suicide watch.
Matthew Jensen, 50, was ordered held on $1 million bail while his arraignment was postponed one week to allow the county Public Defender's office to check for conflicts of interest in representing him.
Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies, acting on information from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Arizona, went to check the welfare of a 75-year-old woman early Oct. 25. The Arizona agency had reported Jensen, who they had in custody, had told a deputy he had killed his mother.
Deputies found Barbara Jensen Teague dead inside the residence where she and her son lived in the 19900 block of Luana Drive, sheriff's officials said. She had suffered multiple stab wounds.
An arrest warrant was issued in California and Jensen was held in Arizona until Kern deputies arrived and transported him to Bakersfield, where he was booked into the downtown jail Friday afternoon.
There are no other cases listed against Jensen in Kern County, court records show.