The children of the deadly West Redding stabbing victims spoke exclusively to KRCR News Channel Seven, telling us they still can't wrap their heads around what's happened.
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.
We talked exclusively with Bob and Candace's children, Dawn and Scott, Monday afternoon. They tell us they're amazed at how well their Dad is doing right now, considering his heart stopped several times after he was stabbed.
He is in the ICU, but when he's not sedated, they tell us he is responsive; opening is eyes and moving his body.
They say their Mom was an activist and a generous, kind woman, who loved dogs, especially Pomeranians.
Candace volunteered for the Delta Society, which brings dogs into hospitals for patients. She was also involved in the Prescription Pets program in Redding.
We looked online and made phone calls to dig into Cody Nash's history. He has no criminal record in the Northstate or in Oregon.
The family said as far as they know, he had no history of drug use and was a loved family member.
Redding Police Sergeant Al Mellon tells us Nash had been drinking that night, but couldn't tell us whether or not he had drugs in his system. He said they're looking into several potential motives.
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.
To send cards to Bob Watson: 3335 Placer St. PMB 208 Redding, CA 96001