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Suspects plead not guilty in Sodus double homicide

November 28, 2018 10:01 PM

Timothy Dean and his wife Charlene Childers pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Wayne County Court to all the felony charges they are facing in the Sodus double homicide case. 

Three people in total have been indicted on charges in connection to the murder of a Sodus couple.

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Childers was handcuffed and teary-eyed as she was brought in to face the judge around 1:30 p.m.

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A few hours later, her husband was brought in. Dean came and went expression-less.

They're both facing murder, conspiracy and weapons charges.

Investigators believe they planned to kill Josh Niles because he was in a heated custody battle with Childers.

Dean is alleged to have driven from Texas to Sodus to actually pull the trigger. 

He's also accused of killing Niles' girlfriend Amber Washburn who investigators say was tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time.  

"That's what we believe based on the facts as we have them now. Obviously, we're still moving forward with an investigation and gathering evidence that we believe that she probably was collateral in this whole scheme," said Mike Calarco, Wayne County DA. 

Dean's defense attorney, Joe Damelio, added, "The presumption of innocence will follow him throughout this process." 

News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke: "Do you think it will be difficult in this county to get a jury that would see it that way?

Joe Damelio: "...It's hard to say if we feel that that will be a problem. There are measures that we can take, or attempt to take, to ensure that he will get a fair trial." 

Before Childers was arrested and charged, she attended a vigil for the victims and spoke with News10NBC about how she hoped investigators would find the people responsible and bring them to justice.  

News10NBC asked her about that interview as she was walking into court on Wednesday. 

A third suspect, Bron Bohlar, is charged with conspiracy in connection to the murders. He is expected to be arraigned on Monday. 

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