BREAKING NEWS August Complex:: Structure defense being assessed for Trinity Pines/Post Mountain Full Story

Redding cold case murder suspects arrested after six years

The suspects were 29-year-old Matthew Wade Hartman and 23-year-old Carleen Annette Honaker who repeatedly denied their involvement in Sweetwood's death.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 8:24 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 8:26 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A cold case murder has been solved more than six years later and it has sent two people to jail.

In May 2013, Charles Roy Sweetwood was found in his apartment, days after his death, and it was determined to have been caused by a gunshot wound.

During the approximately seven-month investigation before the case went cold, it identified two potential suspects who were investigated but sufficient evidence did not exist to seek prosecution.

The suspects were 29-year-old Matthew Wade Hartman and 23-year-old Carleen Annette Honaker who repeatedly denied their involvement in Sweetwood's death.

In early 2018, Investigator Rusty Bishop was assigned and worked with the California Department of Justice to have additional tests done on the evidence. With the additional investigative steps taken, new evidence was obtained.

Investigator Bishop worked until this month on the case and with newly obtained evidence, they were able to present the case to Shasta County District Attorney's Office and warrants were issued for Hartman and Honaker on August 15. Both with charges of burglary, robbery and murder.

On August 20, Hartman, now 36, was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail with a bail of $1,000,000. The same as Honaker, now 30, who was arrested on August 21.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Redding Police at 530-225-4200.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 779491

Reported Deaths: 14893
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
Santa Clara20129295
San Joaquin19793414
Stanislaus16229329
Contra Costa15640198
Tulare15517256
Ventura12167142
Imperial11534312
San Francisco1064096
Monterey933765
San Mateo9332142
Santa Barbara8803109
Merced8719133
Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer340741
San Luis Obispo333227
Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1600
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 84°
Oroville
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 82°
Paradise
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 84°
Chester
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 70°
Red Bluff
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 88°
Willows
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 84°
A disturbance moved over northern California and the rest of the Pacific Northwest this afternoon. It brought more gusty wind like yesterday, and cooler air, but only isolated rain showers. It will be much quieter this weekend with a late summer warmup.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events