LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Henderson police have arrested a former North Las Vegas firefighter in the February 2020 death of his wife, court documents obtained by the I-Team show.
Christopher Candito, 33, faces a murder charge and a burglary charge in connection with 25-year-old Tiffany Slatsky’s drug overdose death on Feb. 23, 2020.
According to court documents obtained by the I-Team, “Candito worked, socialized, possessed and conspired with fellow firefighter Andrew Clapper to conduct narcotics trafficking activities that ultimately led to the overdose death of his wife.”
Candito, Slatsky and Clapper attended a party hosted by a fellow firefighter at a downtown hotel-casino on Feb. 21, 2020. Before the party, there were numerous text messages and Venmo transactions between Candito and Clapper discussing the exchange of controlled substances such as oxycodone, oxycontin, an anabolic steroid called Trenbelone and morphine capsules for the purpose of selling them, court documents said.
The documents also said there was evidence of drug transactions between the two firefighters in the fall of 2019.
Candito and Slatsky left the party on the morning of Feb. 22, 2020, and returned to their home on Coronado Center Drive in Henderson, where Slatsky continued to drink alcohol and use controlled substances, the documents said.
Candito said that his wife consumed three to four morphine pills and later that evening and began to “slur her words and act strangely.” Candito admitted to driving Slatsky to North Las Vegas Fire Station 51 and using his key card to enter and steal medical supplies and the anti-overdose drug Narcan, for his wife, the documents said.
Henderson police received a 911 call on Feb. 23, 2020 from a friend of Slatsky’s reporting that she was “unconscious and not breathing.” She was transported to the hospital where she died.
A former girlfriend of Candito’s told police in October he and she had discussed his wife’s death, the documents said.
“During these conversations, Candito provided details regarding his overall drug use as well as the circumstances of Slatsky’s death,” court documents said.
This is being investigated as the 14th homicide for the City of Henderson for 2020.
Candito is charged with murder, conspiracy to violate the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act, possession of a controlled substance, burglary and child endangerment.
There is no record of Clapper being charged with a crime.