Wadsworth man charged with murder for November stabbing

Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

Clayton Davis

A Wadsworth man has been charged with open murder for a homicide that occurred last November in Wadsworth, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Clayton Davis, 36, was charged with open murder and burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon on April 8. Davis has been in the Washoe County jail on unrelated charges since early December, 2018.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call about a stabbing that had just occurred at a residence on Barrel Street near the intersection of Slip Mine Street in Wadsworth.


WCSO deputies responded along with officers from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Police Department. They found a victim, identified as John Whitaker, 58, of Olinghouse, outside the residence. Whitaker was pronounced dead at a Reno hospital.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case number WC18-5837.

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