New Mexico fugitive is captured in Florida, 27-year-old faces murder charges after feeding grandfather fatal cocktail of drugs, stuffed body in a tool chest – Candy Jo Webb killed granddad, 83, ‘because she wanted his house’
Candy Jo Webb, 27, of New Mexico allegedly, gave her grandfather, AJ Harden, a lethal mix of drugs and ‘waited for his heart to stop’ because she wanted his house, her boyfriend allegedly told cops
After he vanished, Harden was allegedly still receiving retirement payments that were registered to the house that he deeded to his granddaughter
When Harden’s remains were found by current residents in the house where the suspect once lived, Webb fled across six states to Florida, 1500 miles away
The remains comprised of had duct-taped bones and dentures were found in the tool chest October 15
Webb was arrested Thursday in Jacksonville by U.S. Marshals in Jacksonville after she traveled 1,500 miles to evade arrest
She was charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence on October 28 in the killing of Harden
She is awaiting extradition to New Mexico
A New Mexico woman accused of administering a lethal cocktail on her 83-year-old Navy veteran grandfather and then stuffing his body into a tool chest has been busted thousands of miles away in Florida
Candy Jo Webb, 27, who fled across at least six states, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Jacksonville, just over a week after she was charged in the killing of her grandfather, AJ Harden, in Fort Sumner, NM.
Police say Webb gave Harden Ambien and Xanax, After he died, she stuffed him into a tool chest.
Webb then she drove her grandfather’s remains to 1976 Shenandoah Drive, on the outskirts of Fort Sumner, Fort Sumner is a rural town of just over 1,000 people in East Central New Mexico that’s the burial site of fabled Wild West outlaw, Billy the Kid. She she dumped Her grandfather AJ Harden’s remains there, police said.
Residents at the address found the tool box and called police October 15. State police found the remains, which were mostly bones, according an arrest affidavit viewed by the Albuquerque Journal.
Duct tape still bound Harden’s wrists and covered his mouth.
Dentures, shoes, and clothing were found with the remains. A doctor’s note in a shirt pocket had Harden’s name on it.
Police learned that Webb had previously lived on the property with an ex-boyfriend, before she moved in with her grandfather on Lake Sumner.
Police found that duct tape still bound Harden’s wrists and covered his mouth, according to an arrest affidavit.
Cops interviewed Webb, who told them she had moved grandfather into a hospice care facility in Texas several months prior but couldn’t remember the name.
Later she told them the home was called ‘Shady Oaks,’ and an aunt whose name she ‘does not know’ had checked him out.
Police later found there was no such retirement home.
Retirement checks were still going out to Harden, they learned, and they were still registered to the home he had deeded to his granddaughter, according to the affidavit.
Police spoke to Webb’s boyfriend who said his ex had told him that her grandfather ordered her to kill him.
Webb gave Harden Ambien and Xanax and ‘waited for his heart to stop,’ the boyfriend allegedly told police.
According to the Journal, Webb’s boyfriend didn’t believe her story and called her a liar.
‘You killed him because you wanted his house,’ he claims he told Webb,
She then broke down crying, according to the affidavit.
Webb was charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence October 28 by the De Baca Magistrate Court, and a warrant for her arrest was issued.
When they learned that Webb had fled the state to avoid apprehension, New Mexico State Police alerted the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Service, according to KIRO-7.
They caught up with her in Jacksonville, where Monday she was being held as a fugitive from justice in the John E. Goode Pre-trial Detention Facility.
Harden was a Navy veteran who was born and raised in Fort Sumner, according to his obituary. He worked as a logger and a trucker before settling back down in his hometown.
According to his son, Tommy, the grandfather of four never retired and ran a hamburger stand in town with his wife of over 50 years, who died in 2016.
Candy Jo Webb, is now awaiting extradition to New Mexico to face a charge of first-degree murder, police said.
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