Texas tip in Sodus double homicide investigation

October 30, 2018 08:26 AM

There is a possible break in the case of a double homicide that happened in the Village of Sodus last week.

News10NBC has learned that a former police chief from a small Texas town is being held on a $1 million bond. His partner is also in custody in Wayne County.


Texas Rangers tell us that while the man and woman were arrested for alleged crimes in Texas, they are suspects in a major crime in Sodus, too. 

Last week, Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn were gunned down in the middle of the day in the driveway of the home they shared in Sodus. Their four-year-old child was in the back seat of the car at the time. 

The suspect, who was dressed in dark clothes and gloves, ran away and a massive search ensued.  

On Monday, News10NBC confirmed with Texas Rangers that 32-year-old Timothy Dean is behind bars at the Moore County Correctional Facility. At 12:50 a.m., he was taken into custody on a charge of causing injury to a child.  

That alleged crime is connected to an incident in Texas but we've learned that Dean is being held on a $1 million bond which is extremely rare for a charge of that nature. Dean has not been charged with any crimes here in New York, but social media posts tie him directly to 25-year-old Charlene Childers.

Childers was in a heated custody dispute with Joshua Niles before Niles was murdered.  

News10NBC spoke with Childers at a vigil a few days after Niles and Washburn were gunned down. 

"It's not something that you ever want to find out, the most I have to say to ya'll is justice needs to be served. My kids need that closure because whoever did it, has now made it to where my kids grow up without a dad and that's nothing a kid should ever have to do," she said.

On Monday afternoon, deputies say Childers was taken into custody on a warrant for being a fugitive from Texas. According to a criminal complaint obtained by News10NBC, she is facing a felony charge of causing injury to a child. Childers is currently being held at the Wayne County Jail with no bail.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts told News10NBC via email on Monday, "Our investigation regarding the Monday, Oct. 22 double homicide in the Village of Sodus has and will continue. I have no other comments at this time as I do not want to compromise our ongoing investigative efforts."


Jennifer Lewke

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