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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.

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