Judge orders Sodus double murder suspect to provide DNA sample

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The man accused of pulling the trigger in a double fatal murder in Sodus last year will have to provide a DNA sample to investigators, a judge ruled Thursday.

The judge granted a motion by prosecutors for the sample from Timothy Dean.

Dean is accused of shooting and killing Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn outside their home on Carlton Street in Sodus last October.

Deputies said Dean ran from the scene, prompting a massive manhunt in the days following the shooting. Dean, who is a former police chief in Texas, wasn’t arrested until days later.

Dean’s wife, Charlene Childers, is also facing charges in the case. Officers say a custody dispute between Childers and her ex-boyfriend Niles was the motive behind the shooting.

Dean will return to court on March 22. The trial is set to begin on May 20.

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