Tim Dean is accused of the murder of Josh Niles and Niles' girlfriend Amber Washburn in Sodus
SODUS — They had conversations for months about killing Josh Niles. That's what Tim Dean's friend said on the witness stand Wednesday.
Dean, a former Texas police chief, is on trial for killing his wife's ex Josh Niles and Niles' girlfriend Amber Washburn last year in Sodus.
Bron Bohlar has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for knowing about the plan Dean and his wife Charlene Childers allegedly had to kill Niles. On the witness stand, Bohlar said he actually rented them a car to drive to New York to do it.
Bohlar, who is a former police officer in Texas, is himself now in shackles and an orange jumpsuit. He took the stand to testify against his friend about the plan to kill Niles.
Niles shared two children with Dean's wife Charlene Childers, who testified Tuesday that she was devastated to lose custody of her kids to Niles and wanted him killed.
Bohlar backed up that story saying, since August, Dean was planning to kill his wife's ex.
After Bohlar was done, a crucial witness for the prosecution testified. That crucial witness was a DNA analyst from the Monroe County Crime Lab who tested a balaclava found by a police K9 a few minutes after the murders during the hunt for a suspect.
He testified that DNA found on that ski mask is consistent with the DNA profile that Dean was ordered by the court to provide after he was arrested.
That is the first real piece of physical evidence that the prosecution presented that puts Dean in the neighborhood where the murders happened.
Eyewitnesses have testified to seeing him and cell phone records and license plate reader information have been talked about, but the prosecution feels this DNA evidence is crucial.
The prosecution has one more witness to call in this case, and that will happen Thursday. After, Dean's fate will likely be in the hands of the jury by Friday.