SODUS, NY (WROC) – Charlene Childers, the woman facing charges connected to the deadly shooting of her ex-husband and his girlfriend in Sodus, appeared in court Thursday morning.
Childers was set to appear for a preliminary hearing on charges of conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon connected to the murders.
However, we’re told the hearing has been waived to a grand jury, which is the typical process in cases like this.
The charges will now be presented to the grand jury, who will decide if prosecutors can move forward.
Deputies say Childers and her current husband, Timothy Dean, planned the murder of 28-year-old Joshua Niles and 24-year-old Amber Washburn.
On October 22, deputies say Dean opened fire on Carlton Street in Sodus, killing Niles and Washburn, before taking off on foot.
Investigators say a custody dispute between Niles and Childers may have been at the core of the murder. Friends told RochesterFirst.com last month that Niles had just received custody of the kids when he was killed.
Wednesday, deputies announced a third person had been charged with conspiracy connected to the murders. Bron Bohlar, age 34, is charged with conspiracy. Deputies say Bohlar was a police officer at the Sunray Police Department in Texas where Dean served as police chief.
Investigators say Bohlar helped Dean rent a vehicle to drive to New York for the murder. Dean drove that car to Kansas, where he was involved in an accident, then rented another vehicle.
Childers is being held in Wayne County Jail.