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Ex-Police Chief Allegedly Turned Killer at Wife's Urging

Timothy Dean on trial for double-murder over a custody dispute
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2019 10:35 AM CDT
This undated photo shows Timothy Dean, accused of murdering two people in upstate New York.   (Moore County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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(Newser) – This much is clear: On the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2018, two people were shot to death outside their home in Sodus, near Rochester, NY. The victims were 28-year-old Joshua Niles and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Amber Washburn. The trial has now begun for the suspected shooter, 34-year-old Timothy Dean, who just happens to be a former police chief in Texas. The details surrounding the strange and sad case:

  • Motive: Prosecutors say it all stems from a custody dispute, reports the Democrat & Chronicle. Victim Niles had two young children with an ex-girlfriend named Charlene Childers, 25, who had since moved to Texas and married Dean. When Niles was awarded full custody, Childers hatched a plan to have Niles killed, say prosecutors—and Childers herself agrees.
  • Enlisting husband: "I told my husband the murder had to happen and he agreed," Childers, who has pleaded guilty to her role in the homicides, testified Tuesday at her husband's trial, per WROC. "We sat down and we planned it, describing how we were gonna do it and what would be used, what type of gun and when."

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