Reactions to charges filed in Sodus double homicide

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Charges were announced Monday night for the two suspects in the October 22 double homicide of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn in Sodus.

Timothy Dean and Charlene Childers are charged with multiple counts of murder and conspiracy. Childers is in custody in Wayne County, while Dean is being held in Texas. There are no current updates from Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts on the extradition process of Dean. It is expected Dean will be served a warrant, and once an official arrest is made, the process will begin.

After announcing the charges, Virts said it is an “assumption one could make” that this double homicide was over a child custody battle, with Timothy Dean pulling the trigger. Victim Niles had custody of the children he fathered with suspect and ex-wife Childers. But the investigation is far from over, with the murder motive not yet fully clear.

The growing memorial shrine at the murder scene in Sodus is a testament to two lives cut short. Neighbors and friends reacted to the charges filed against the two suspects, and remembered the victims. 

“Hopefully this will makes things a little better. I mean, they’re not going to get better, but…I’m just happy it’s coming to an end. For the families,” stated friend Josh Jackson of BB’s Pizzeria in Newark, visibly upset recounting the tragic incident. Jackson recently held a fundraiser for the families of the victims, raising over $300. 

Anthony Mancini, who witnessed the homicide and phoned 911, said about the charges, “I hope the community is actually going to settle down now, get back to normal.” Mancini added that he hopes the authorities in Texas swiftly arrest Timothy Dean, and “justice is served.”

Charlene Childers and Timothy Dean were being held on charges stemming from an incident in Texas. When asked if those charges were in anyway linked to the shooting, Sheriff Virts denied comment.

Stay with News 8 as the investigation unfolds, and the extradition process of Dean begins.

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