Woman accused of drugging, killing her Navy veteran grandfather for his home

A New Mexico woman gave her 83-year-old grandfather a lethal dose of medication and stuffed his remains in a tool chest before fleeing the state, authorities said.

Candy Jo Webb, who was caught in Florida last week after a multi-state manhunt, fed an unknown amount of Xanax and Ambien to the victim before discarding his body on Oct. 15, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

The body of U.S. Navy veteran A.J. Harden was placed in a Ranch Supply tool chest and dumped on a property in Fort Sumner, a rural community in the eastern part of the state, according to the release.

Candy Jo Webb, 27 is accused of killing her grandfather A.J. Harden.

New Mexico police and the De Baca County Sheriff’s Office soon learned that Webb may be involved with the crime and was driving cross country to avoid arrest.

U.S. Marshals found the suspect Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida, where she was taken into custody without incident.

Webb, 27, will be charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence when she’s extradited to New Mexico.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive in the killing as the case remains under investigation.

Harden worked as a truck driver for many years before he and his wife set up a hamburger stand in Fort Sumner, according to an online obituary. He’s survived by his son and three other grandchildren.


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