Murdered Redding woman's official cause of death released

Candace Watson

REDDING, Calif. - The official cause of death for 66 year old Candace Watson has been released.

The Shasta County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy on Monday and says Watson died from an "incised wound of the neck."

The cause of death is listed as a homicide.

Redding Police Officers arrested 30 year old Cody William Nash early Friday morning on the 4100 block of Boston Avenue, following a 911 call from within the home around 5:30 a.m.. That call was disconnected, and a second 911 call came from a neighbor's home moments later.

When officers arrived, they found Robert Watson, 68, in front of his neighbor's home, suffering from multiple lacerations to his upper body. He was unable to speak with officers and was taken immediately to the Mercy Medical Center. Watson is a former principal and superintendent at Grant School in West Redding.

Officers then went to the Watson's home, where the first 911 call came from, and found Candace Watson, 66, dead inside the garage. She had severe lacerations across her entire upper body.

Cody William Nash of Oregon was taken into custody and treated for lacerations to both of his hands at Shasta Regional Medical Center. Nash has been identified as the nephew of Candace.

Officers say Nash confessed to the murder of his aunt and the attempted murder of her husband. He was booked into Shasta County Jail on $1 million dollars bail for charges of murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

He will be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon.