Tim Lemucchi, longtime Bakersfield legal professional, dies at 81

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – One of Kern County’s best-known attorneys has passed away unexpectedly.

Timothy Lemucchi, who took part in some of Bakersfield’s most memorable exams, died Wednesday morning while taking a casual bike ride with a friend, close family friends confirmed to KGET.

Lemucchi, who started his practice in 1966, has been involved in more than 250 jury trials, including two of the city’s most notorious – that of tire shop owner William Robert Tyack, who was accused of killing two of his neighbors in 1982, and Offord Rollins, the star Wasco athlete is accused of killing his girlfriend in 1991.

Bakersfield attorney David Cohn, of the Chain Cohn Stile law firm, worked with Lemucchi for 20 years when the firm was known as Chain Younger Lemucchi.

Lemucchi is “a very giving person,” said Cohn. “Tim has been involved with many charities here in Kern County. He always took care of the little guy. “

Lemucci, who attended East High School and Stanford University, was the son of Italian immigrants who founded the legendary Old Town Kern restaurant and Deli Luigi’s, which has been successful for more than a century.

Lemucchi, who was 81 years old, leaves his wife Margaret, daughter Lisa and a large family.

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