Texas police officer charged with conspiracy in Sodus double homicide
Sodus, N.Y. (WHAM) - A third person has been arrested in connection to the October 22 double homicide in the village of Sodus.
On Tuesday evening, 34-year-old Bron Bohlar was arrested in connection to the murders of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn. The mother of Niles' children, Charlene Childers, has also been charged with conspiracy in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Her current husband, Timothy Dean, is charged with first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Dean is currently being held in Texas on unrelated charges.
Niles and Washburn were shot dead in the driveway of their home in Sodus. The village was locked down for days as law enforcement searched for the suspects.
According to Wayne County Sheriff's deputies, Bohlar is charged with second-degree conspiracy.
Authorities arrested Bohlar at his home in Dumas, Texas. Bohlar is also a police officer in Sunray, Texas. Dean was the former police chief of that department.
Bohlar is being held in Texas without bail, pending extradition to Wayne County.
Court documents state Bohlar talked with Childers and Dean about killing Niles while they were in the garage at Dean's house.
Bohlar is accused of helping Dean rent a vehicle to drive to New York with the intent of killing Niles. He allegedly put the rental vehicle in his name with the help of Childers.
According to court documents, Dean drove the rented vehicle from Texas to Kansas, where he got into a crash. Dean then rented a second car in Kansas and drove it to Sodus.
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says the extradition process which would bring Dean to New York will begin once he is officially arrested. Childers was being held at the Wayne County Jail as a fugitive from justice. Deputies say she was in Texas at the time of the murders.
Detectives with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Texas law enforcement are still investigating this case.