Two accused murderers have appeared in Shasta County courtrooms in the last few days. Last Friday 55-year-old Brent Close had an arraignment scheduled for the death of 29-year-old Kevin Wrenne, who was taking a 10 minute break from his job at the Downtown Redding Taco Bell on Monday night of last week when he was stabbed multiple times. No motive has been identified. Close is charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and special allegations. His arraignment was postponed until Friday and his bail was increased to $2 Million.
On Tuesday 59-year-old Dwight Honeycutt was arraigned for the shooting death of 26-year-old Robert Eladio Gonzalez last Thursday night at Honeycutt’s home on Pancake Hill in Shasta Lake City. Honeycutt had reportedly caught Gonzalez in his home and was angered by Gonzalez making advances toward Honeycutt’s girlfriend. He’s charged with murder, possession of a gun and ammo by a felon, possession of a short barreled shotgun, and special allegations of intentional discharge of a gun causing death. Further arraignment and entering of a plea is set for April 19th. Honeycutt’s bail is $1 Million. Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridget says her office has a policy of assigning a prosecutor to a murder case and having that same person follow the case every step of the way to ensure integrity in the conviction. Bridget says there were 16 homicides in her office last year, a highly unusual number for Shasta County.