The third person charged in connection with last month’s double homicide in Sodus maintains he’s innocent.
Described by his attorney as a family man, community protector and a decorated law enforcement officer, Bron Bohlar has been arraigned during two court appearances and remains in the custody of Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
Bohlar, who was in court Monday, is charged with conspiracy in connection with the murder of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn, who were killed in October while sitting in the driveway of their home in the Wayne County village, while their young son was in the same vehicle.
"He had no knowledge that any of this was taking place. He certainly wouldn’t have been involved in it," said defense attorney James Riotto.
Timothy Dean and Charlene Childers, a Texas couple, were previously charged. Dean is heading to New York state from Texas after waiving extradition. He's charged with both first- and second-degree murder.
Childers was previously married to Niles and is the mother of two of his children. Childers faces a charge of second-degree conspiracy in addition to a charge of criminal possession of a weapon.
Bohlar allegedly knew about the murder plot and helped Niles rent the vehicle which would take him to New York state. He's charged with second-degree conspiracy. Bail was reduced to $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond despite the prosecution's belief he is a flight risk.
Bohlar worked as an officer in Sunray, a small city in the Texas Panhandle. Dean is the former police chief in Sunray and resigned after he was charged in May with causing injury to a child.
According to court documents, Bohlar allegedly rented the car Dean intended to drive from Texas to Wayne County to commit the murders. The complaint states that along the way Dean crashed that car, renting another one in Kansas to complete the trip.
"As far as my office is concerned, his lack of connections to this community and residing in Texas is a big concern for his ability to come and return to court," Callanan said.
Following this arraignment, Bohlar is next scheduled to return to Sodus Town Court on Nov. 28 for a preliminary hearing.