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Woman murdered in Sun Valley Monday identified



washoe_county_sheriffs_office_log-1844459-7757009The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office that formal identification and next of kin notifications have been completed on the deceased subject from Monday’s homicide investigation in Sun Valley.

The decedent is identified as Candice Elizabeth Weakland, age 40, of Sun Valley.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 5200 block of Carol Drive in Sun Valley. On arrival, they located a female victim on the ground outside the residence with a gunshot wound. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputies subsequently located and detained John Richard Harding at the entrance to the residence.

Based on their investigation, Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Harding on open murder and other charges. He is being held in the Washoe County Detention Facility without bail.

This is an ongoing investigation, and there is no additional information available for release at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 or www.secretwitness.com.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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