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Following guilty verdict, victims' families break down in tears of relief

May 24, 2019 06:18 PM

SODUS, N.Y. (WHEC) -- He's guilty of planning and carrying out the execution of two people in Sodus.

Timothy Dean, a former Texas police chief, was found guilty on all charges.

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The jury believed he killed his wife's ex, Josh Niles, and Niles' girlfriend, Amber Washburn, because his wife was upset about losing custody of her kids.  

The victims' families have been in the courtroom for every moment of testimony and when the jury read its verdict, many broke down in tears of relief. 

When the verdict was read, Timothy Dean had very little reaction. In fact, he showed very little emotion during the entire trial. The 12 men and women of the jury often looked over at him, but he very rarely even glanced in their direction.

"Honestly, I felt that that was the verdict that was going to come in all along. I felt we had a very strong case evidence-wise based on Sheriff Virts and the department's investigation... the proof was very strong," said Mike Calarco, Wayne County district attorney. 

Family members of the victims were emotional throughout the week but even more so when the verdict was read and in the moments after Dean, still wearing his suit, was handcuffed, shackled and brought back to jail.

Dean's co-conspirators, his wife Charlene Childers who admitted to wanting her ex Josh Niles dead because he gained custody of their children, and friend Bron Bohler, who rented the car Dean drove up here to commit the murders, testified against him for lesser sentences.

"You don't have to like them and I would never ask them to like Charlene Childers or Bron Bohlar but it doesn't mean you can't believe what they say and there were reasons to believe it," said Christine Callanan, Wayne County assistant district attorney. 

Because Dean was convicted of murder in the first degree, he could face a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

That'll ultimately be up to the judge to decide when he's sentenced in July. 

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