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January 2, 2014

2013 in Review

A look back at 2013 through the year’s top stories as compiled by the WD staff

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NUMBER EIGHT – Pickaxe slaying, conviction

A Weatherford man pleaded guilty in July to capital murder for the brutal killing of 24-year-old John “J.D.” Daniel Doss II in January, receiving a sentence of life without parole.

Nicholas “Nick” David Camfield, 25, admitted to slaying Doss, who had been a friend of Camfield’s, at a home near Springtown where Doss, an apprentice lineman, was house-sitting.

Prosecutors believe Camfield killed Doss with a pickaxe to the head and neck the evening of Jan. 13, mutilated his body over the next several days and drove Doss’ truck to eat a meal with Camfield’s mother before returning to the home.

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.

Camfield did not tell investigators why he killed Doss but did say that the two had argued over drugs, believed to be marijuana or K2, according to prosecutors.

“We believe justice in this case required that the defendant never be released back into the public,” Assistant District Attorney Nikki Rhodes said. “There were many facts about this murder that were disturbing. However, deeper investigation into the defendant’s mental health history explained some of the unusual facts investigators found at the crime scene.

Other details of the murder are simply inexplicable. Despite some history of mental illness and drug use, the defendant acknowledged he knew what he was doing at the time of the crime when he entered his guilty plea.”

Camfield began exhibiting signs of schizophrenia after he began using heroin sometime prior to June 2010, according to Rhodes, and Weatherford law enforcement officers who interacted with Camfield on a couple of occasions in 2012 noted that Camfield appeared to have some mental health issues.

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