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Arrested suspect identified in Red Bluff murder case

Crime scene tape is something one Red Bluff neighborhood is all too familiar with recently.

Posted: Oct 22, 2020 12:48 AM
Updated: Oct 22, 2020 2:35 PM

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 - The name of the suspect in custody for Wednesday's homicide that was discovered in an open field east of Byron Avenue in an unincorporated area of Red Bluff has been released by the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.

34-year-old David Anthony Chavez of Red Bluff is under arrest for the murder of 35-year-old John Edmond Weaver Jr., according to the sheriff's office.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office investigators from their Major Crimes Unit (TMCU) said they determined through interviews with witnesses that Weaver and Chavez were involved in a physical altercation in front of an apartment located near 95 Mina Ave.

Investigators said they were made aware of a video that surfaced on social media, and said they were advised that other bystanders shot video of the altercation as well.

Officers described what they believe happened. They said Chavez struck Weaver several times in the area of the head, and placed Weaver in a chokehold. They said a bystander broke up the fight. They said Weaver walked away from the location but was found dead approximately 30 yards away.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22.

Chavez was booked into the Tehama County Jail based on the investigation, which included statements of witnesses and on scene evidence, according to the TCMU. Bail was set at one million dollars.

If you have any information that could assist law enforcement with this investigation you are asked to contact Captain David Kain, Lt. Jeff Garrett, or Detective Rob Bakken at the Tehama Major Crimes Unit at (530) 529-7920.


RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office says one person is in custody after those involved got into a fight that escalated and resulted in the death of one man.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office says they arrived early Wednesday morning to find the body on Byron Ave.

"It's kind of nerve-racking," said Kevin Duncan, who lives across the street from where the dead body was found.

"Found out from somebody else that it was a dead body in my field right here," said Lisa Rush, who lives right next to the crime scene. "I live right here!"

Neighbors here told Action News Now they woke up to first responders just outside their windows.

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"It sounded like an ambulance was really close came outside seen the ambulance and a fire truck pull to the end of the street," said Duncan. "Then all of a sudden I'd seen about 15 cop cars pull up, sheriff cars, then I'd see coroners and ambulance, and everything left, I saw them over there for a couple of hours, they had it all taped off."

Crime scene tape is something this neighborhood is all too familiar with recently.

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"Yesterday somebody walked through my friend's yard with a gun, and it's just getting crazy," said Rush about both incidents being so close to one another.

"It freaks me out a lot actually, I got little kids and it happened right by the bus stop," said Duncan. "It's getting out of hand."

"My granddaughters come and visit me a lot. We go for walks through that field sometimes," said Rush when asked how it feels with this crime being so close to her home.

"I'm just glad it wasn't me with them that found it. That would've been devastating on them."

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office confirmed the shooting and this death are not related.

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