2 Texas cops, one a police chief, have been arrested in connection with a double homicide in upstate New York. The Texas cops reportedly made the 1400 mile trek from Sunray, TX to Sodus, NY. to kill the ex-boyfriend of Dean’s wife.
Joshua Niles, 28, and Amber Washburn, 24, were fatally shot outside their home Oct. 22 in Sodus, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Rochester. A neighbor said he saw someone shoot Niles in the couple’s driveway after shooting Washburn, who was sitting in her car with the 4-year-old son she had with Niles. The child was not injured.
Timothy Dean, the former police chief of the Texas Panhandle city of Sunray, is accused of pulling the trigger. His wife, Charlene Childers, is Niles’ ex-girlfriend and the mother of two of his other children. According to the late Niles’ relatives, he had recently won custody of his and Childers’ 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.
Childers attended a vigil for the victims held in Sodus two days after the slayings. Despite her presence at the vigil, authorities believe she was not in New York at the time of the killings.
“We have no indication that she was in our jurisdiction on the date of the shooting,” Wayne County District Attorney Michael Caralco said.
“It’s our belief that Dean pulled the trigger,” Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said.
Dean is charged with first- and second-degree murder and conspiracy in the slayings. Childers, 25, was charged with conspiracy. 34-year-old Bron Bohlar, a Sunray police officer, was arrested Wednesday at his home. He is being charged with conspiracy
According to Oxygen, when the charges were first announced, the police chief and his wife were already behind bars on separate charges. Dean was in custody in Texas on unrelated charges stemming from child-injury allegations. Childers was reportedly caught with a 9mm handgun. Niles and Washburn were shot with a 9mm firearm, but the exact type isn’t known, Virts said.
Wayne County District Attorney Michael Caralco said that it was believed the 2 Texas cops drove the 2,800-mile (4,500-kilometer) round-trip from Sunray to Sodus.
Dean was head of the three-member Sunray police force from October 2016 to June 2018, resigning about a month after his arrest on a charge of injury to a child, Texas officials said. Prior to that he was a police officer in Dumas, Texas.
Photos posted on the Sunray Police Department’s Facebook page on June 26 show Bohlar being sworn in. The post says he had also worked for other local law enforcement agencies during a 10-year career, and “will make a fantastic addition to our department.” A message left for the department wasn’t returned.