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July 23, 2013

Man gets life in pickaxe slaying

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Weatherford man accused in the pickaxe slaying of his friend in January pleaded guilty to capital murder Monday morning in an agreement where he avoided the possibility of the death penalty and received a sentence of life in prison without parole. 

Nicholas “Nick” David Camfield, 25, killed 24-year-old John “J.D.” Daniel Doss II at a home near Springtown where Doss was house-sitting for a friend. 

Pleading guilty Monday, Camfield admitted to murdering Doss while in the course of committing a burglary.  Though there were no signs of forced entry to the home, Camfield did not have permission from the resident to be in the house, making the killing a capital offense, prosecutors said. 

Doss, an apprentice lineman who loved fishing, woodworking, martial arts and music, would often volunteer to help family members with projects around the yard and house, his family said Monday. 

The two men had known each other for years and Camfield had even lived with Doss’ family. 

At one point, Doss got Camfield a job where Doss was working, according to prosecutors.  

Assistant district attorneys Robert DuBoise and Nikki Rhodes requested the indictment be amended Monday to reflect when they believe the killing occurred - the evening of Jan. 13. 

Days after the killing, on Jan. 16, a friend of Doss’ went to check on him at the residence in the 200 block of Valley Meadows Drive and saw blood on Camfield and in the kitchen and what he believed to be a body in one of the bedrooms.

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. Authorities said Doss’ body had been mutilated sometime after his death, as well. 

Doss was last seen alive by friends that afternoon and Camfield is believed to have driven Doss’ truck to eat a meal with Camfield’s mother that evening, according to prosecutors. 

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