For Immediate Release
PR #:1400004
Date Issued:Jan 22, 2014 - 4:27pm

Sheriff's Office update on Sun Valley Homicide Investigation

CASE #:WC14-344
WHEN:Monday, January 20, 2014 at approximately 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:5200 Block of Carol Drive, Sun Valley
VICTIM/S:Candice Elizabeth Weakland, age 40, of Sun Valley
SUSPECTS:John Richard Harding, age 50, of Sun Valley
CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-771-8252

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office 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, January 20, 2014, 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, Deputies located a female victim on the ground outside the residence with a gunshot wound. The female victim 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 John Richard Harding on Open Murder and other charges. Harding 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 Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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