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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Four suspects charged with involuntary manslaughter in death of Griffen Kramer

By Tim Haddock

All four suspects arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday in connection with the death of Griffen Kramer, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, Capt. Mike Parker said in a release by the Sheriff’s Department.

David Nernberg, 19, of Agoura Hills and Corey Baumann, 19, of Agoura Hills were arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance by Sheriff's investigators. Baumann was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale in addition to involuntary manslaughter.

Two 17-year-old juveniles were arrested by Sheriff’s deputies and charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance. One of the juveniles, a boy from Oak Park, is being held at Sylmar Juvenile Hall without bail.

The other 17-year-old suspect is a girl from Westlake Village. She was taken into protective custody by the Department of Family and Child Services Response Team because of deplorable living conditions.

Sheriff’s investigators conducted searches and collected evidence directly related to the death of Kramer at each of the suspects’ residences, according to Parker.

A fifth suspect, a 17-year-old boy from Agoura Hills, was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was released to the custody of his parents.

Five children from the home of the 17-year-old boy from Oak Park were taken into custody by the Department of Family and Child Services.

Nernberg and Baumann were held in lieu of $125,000 bail. Each were released on bond on Thursday.

Kramer was a quarterback on the Thousand Oaks High School football team. He was found dead in Nernberg’s home on Oct. 30. Sheriff’s investigators believe Kramer died of a heroin overdose. Nernberg and one of the 17-year-old suspects were with Kramer when he died, Sgt. Barry Hall of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said.

Kramer was the son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer.