A trial is scheduled for August for two people in the killing of an 80-year-old Royal Oak woman at her home.
Alan Wood and Tonia Watson are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nancy Dailey, who was found tied up in her home on Nov. 20.
They were arrested two days later in Wayne County Canton Township, where police say they attempted to use one of Dailey's bank cards at an ATM.
On Wednesday, a trial date of Aug. 24 was scheduled for Oakland County Circuit Court. They'll get separate juries that will be selected before that date.
A July trial earlier had been planned.
Suspects accused of breaking in, attacking woman
Police said Watson told them she knocked on the door of the victim, while her accomplice broke into a side door.
“Watson stated that Wood threw Nancy Dailey down to the floor and began punching, stomping and kicking her,” said Royal Oak Detective Carl Barretto. “Watson then stated that Wood then also attempted to break Dailey’s neck. Watson stated that Wood pulled out and unfolded his knife and told her, ‘You know what I have to do.’”
Wood is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, unauthorized use and possession of a financial transaction device and larceny in a building.
Watson is charged with felony murder and unauthorized use and possession of a financial transaction device and larceny in a building.
Both first-degree murder and felony murder carry a mandatory life imprisonment penalty.
Investigators said the couple had been hired by Dailey to do work around her house just days before her killing.