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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.

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