Trial date set for Sodus double homicide suspect

January 24, 2019 05:25 PM

LYONS, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A trial date has been set for the man accused of murdering a young Sodus couple.

Timothy Dean, a former police chief in Sunray, Texas, is set to stand trial starting May 20. The judge set aside a full week for the jury to hear all testimony and evidence.


"This is a voluminous case, a lot of evidence. To provide it all to the defense attorney, it was all placed on a hard drive. So the paper, multiple videos, the interviews were provided in a digital format to make it easier," said Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan while outside the courtroom just moments after Thursday's hearing.

She explained that part of Thursday's court proceedings will require Dean to provide a DNA sample.

"My office put in a request to the judge to get a sample of the defendant's DNA for further testing in regards to evidence that's been collected in the case. Today the court granted it, so the Wayne County [Sheriff's Office] will be obtaining that sample," said Callanan.

That DNA evidence was recovered during the investigation and according to Callanan, it included saliva. 

She added, "It was submitted to the Monroe County Crime Lab where they were able to develop a DNA profile from it. Based on those facts being presented to the court, Judge Barrett signed an order saying [Dean] would have to submit a sample for comparison to that DNA profile."

Investigators say Dean along with his wife Charlene Childers worked together on a plot to kill Childers' ex, 28-year-old Josh Niles, in October. His girlfriend, 24-year-old Amber Washburn, was also shot and killed that same day at their home. 

Deputies say Dean was the triggerman.

A third person, Sunray, Texas police officer Bron Bohlar, is also charged in connection to the case.

"It is my position that all three should be tried together at once," said Callanan.

Dean is scheduled to be back in court March 22 for a pretrial hearing.

The jury trial will begin the week of May 20.


Stephanie Robusto

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