SODUS — While Wayne County authorities are trying to extradite a Texas man to face murder charges in the deaths of two Sodus residents, his wife — who is in the county jail — has a hearing this week.
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts detailed the charges against Timothy Dean and Charlene Childers during a press briefing Monday night. Dean has been charged with first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn at their Carlton Street home on the afternoon of Oct. 22.
Virts said a deputy who was on Carlton Street at the time on an unrelated call found Niles, 28, and Washburn, 24, dead from gunshot wounds. Witnesses told the deputy that the shooter, who they could only describe as wearing a black hoodie and a green hat, ran from the scene through neighboring properties.
Virts said an extensive two-day search of the area and surrounding community by numerous police officers came up empty. During the subsequent investigation, police learned Childers had two children with Niles and recently lost a custody dispute with him.
Last week, the sheriff's office arrested Childers, 25, on a fugitive warrant out of Texas following a child abuse investigation. Her husband, 32-year-old Timothy Dean, also was arrested in the Texas case.
Virts said Texas Rangers and the FBI have been assisting his office with the murder case. Last week, a team of five Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators — led by Lt. Rob Milby — went to Texas as part of the investigation.
Wayne County investigators believe Dean, before he was arrested in Texas, went to New York from Texas and killed Niles and Washburn. In addition to the murder charges, he also faces felony charges of conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon.
Childers also faces conspiracy and weapons charges. She was arraigned Monday in Sodus Town Court and remanded to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail or $200,000 bond.
Virts said his office has a warrant for Dean's arrest, and they hope to get him to New York soon following extradition proceedings. Wayne County District Attorney Mike Calarco said there is no timetable on when that might happen.
Calarco said a preliminary hearing for Childers is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in Sodus Town Court. She is accused of conspiring with Dean to kill Niles and Washburn.
"It's our belief that Dean pulled the trigger," said Virts, adding that police believe Childers was in Texas at the time of the murders, although she attended a vigil in Sodus shortly after the shootings.
Police believe a 9-millimeter gun was used to kill Niles and Washburn. Virts said the gun has not been found, but there were shell casings at the scene.