Weatherford Democrat

Local News

February 26, 2013

Capital murder alleged in pickaxe slaying

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury indicted Nicholas “Nick” David Camfield on a charge of capital murder Thursday in the brutal slaying of John “J.D.” Daniel Doss II in January.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of Doss a homicide due to multiple, blunt force, penetrating injuries to the head and neck. His mutilated body was found Jan. 16 after a friend of Doss’ went to check on him at a residence in the 200 block of Valley Meadows Drive. 

The witness reportedly observed blood on Camfield and in the kitchen, and what he described as a body wrapped in a blanket inside one of the bedrooms. 

Investigators said 23-year-old Camfield admitted to scalping and otherwise mutilating Doss’ body over the course of four days. They also seized a bloody pickaxe, a bloody ice pick and other items from the home.

Camfield was originally charged with murder in Doss’ death, but a  grand jury indicted him on a charge of capital murder as well.

Count one of the indictment alleges that Camfield intentionally caused the death of Doss by striking Doss with a pickaxe while robbing or attempting to rob Doss and killed him in the course of burglarizing or attempting to burglarize the house where Doss’ body was found. 

The second count alleges Camfield intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Doss by striking him with a pickaxe while committing felony theft of property (more than $1,500, less than $20,000). 

Details on the alleged theft, burglary and robbery have not been released by investigators or prosecutors.

The indictment appears to confirm reports from Doss’ friends, who told the Democrat that they understood Doss was house-sitting for an out-of-town friend, rather than Camfield, as was originally reported by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office in a statement released to the media.

Text Only
Local News
  • Event center hosts barn-raising

    Many businesses boast old-fashioned country charm, but one Weatherford event center is bringing back old farm traditions to assemble the newest addition to its property: a 19th century barn. 

    April 18, 2014

  • David May named Mineral Wells Index general manager-editor

    Weatherford Democrat Editor David May has been named general manager-editor for the Mineral Wells Index.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pair charged with assaulting kids

    Two Weatherford teens were arrested last week on charges of chasing down two bicycle-riding children in a car and assaulting them in a church parking lot, where the encounter was recorded.

    April 17, 2014

  • easter basket.jpg Easter egg hunt times, locations

    Following is information provided to the WD on four local Easter egg hunts and celebrations planned for Friday and Saturday:

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2014 ACSI High School District Art Show Winners.jpg Weatherford Christian announces ACSI Art Show winners

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Larue, Jeffrey.jpg Wanted sex offender found in Weatherford

    A sex offender reportedly sought by Hood County authorities after failing to register as required was found in a Weatherford hotel last week, police say, after exposing himself to an employee.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 loc WC choir.jpg WC choir presents the works of Eric Whitacre

     The Weatherford College Choir will showcase the music of composer Eric Whitacre on Tuesday, April 29. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is free.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greenwood Horse Trials to begin May 2

    The annual Greenwood Farm, Inc. International Horse Trials kick off Friday, May 2.

     

    April 16, 2014

  • Bob Tallman Speaking at Chapel.jpg Tallman speaks at WCS chapel

    World renowned Rodeo Announcer Bob Tallman, better known as the “Voice of Professional Rodeo,” stopped by Weatherford Christian School’s elementary campus april 10 to speak to over 150 students in grades Pre-K through 6th at their bi-weekly chapel. 

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hitting the trail for MS

    STEPHENVILLE – The Cowboy Capital MS Trail Ride is a fun-filled event dedicated to raising funds that support national research into the cause and cure for Multiple Sclerosis as well as provide programs to more than 9,000 people in the Lone Star Chapter area whose lives are touched by MS.

    April 16, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case