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2 Police Officers Arrested in Double Homicide Case

SODUS, New York — A third person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of a couple shot last month in Sodus.

Bron Bohlar was arrested Tuesday evening at his home in Dumas, Texas, announced the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The 34-year-old police officer was wanted on a warrant accusing him of being part of the conspiracy that led to the deaths of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn.

Bohlar has been charged with second-degree conspiracy, a felony. Deputies said he is a police officer in Sunray, Texas.

Niles, 28, and Washburn, 24, were shot to death in the driveway of their Carlton Street home on Oct. 22. At the time of the shooting, the couple’s 4-year-old son was in the back seat of a car parked in the driveway. He was not injured.

Bohlar was third person arrested this week in connection with the double homicide.

The ex-girlfriend of one of the victims and her current husband have also been charged in connection to the deadly shooting.

Charlene Childers, Niles’ ex-girlfriend, has also been charged with conspiracy. Her current husband, Timothy Dean is facing first and second degree murder charges. Investigators believe Dean, the former police chief in Sunray, Texas, pulled the trigger.

Dean is the former police chief in Sunray, the same department which now employs Bohlar.

Niles is the father of Childers’ two children. The exes were involved in a “heated” custody dispute before Niles’ death, reported WHEC. A few months ago, Niles was granted custody of their children, a family member told the Democrat & Chronicle.

Childers and Dean live in Sunray, Texas.

The sheriff’s office said it appears Childers was in Texas when Niles and Washburn were killed. She traveled to Sodus after the double homicide and attended a vigil for the victims.

Childers and Dean were previously charged with injuring a child in Texas in May 2018. Both were arrested last week in connection with the Texas case.

In the Sodus case, Childers has been charged with second-degree conspiracy and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Dean has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree conspiracy and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Bohlar and Dean were both held in custody in Texas pending extradition to New York. Childers is being held in the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or a $200,000 bond.

Wayne County detectives and Texas investigators are continuing to investigate, deputies said.


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