Former Sunray Police Chief and wife to be tried together in New York state homicide

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SODUS, NY (WROC) — There are new developments in the case of a Timothy Dean and Charlene Childers, they are accused of killing two people in Sodus last year.  A Wayne County judge has decided that the case will be tried together rather than separate.

Charlene Childers faces murder in the second degree and conspiracy charges. She and Timothy dean are accused of murdering Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn in October.

Childer’s attorney requested that her trial should be separate from Timothy Dean, but Thursday morning it was revealed that will not be the case moving forward.

According to Wayne Co. Assistant District Attorney Christine Callahan, one benefits of having a joint trial is that the witnesses would only have to come once to Wayne County.

But even though it’s one trial, the jury would have to treat it like two separate cases. Callahan said the jury will be instructed to consider the proof against each the defendants separately.  The witnesses are expected to be questioned by a prosecutor and two defense attorneys.

“It was important the court’s decision relative to the information that she provided to law enforcement whether or not I’m concern about that will flush itself out during the trial,” said Rome Canzano, defense attorney. 

“At this point, I have always been proceeding with the expectation that the trials will be done jointly. So it actually fits exactly into what we have been preparing for,” said Callahan. 

Jury selection is expected to start on May 15th. 

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