Royal Oak Murder Suspects Due In Court

PONTIAC (WWJ) – Two people charged Monday with murder of a Royal Oak woman are expected to appear for an arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

The Oakland County Prosecutors office says 48-year-old Alan Wood and 40-year-old Tonia Watson have been charged with the murder of 80-year-old Nancy Dailey at her home in Royal Oak.  Both suspects are due in Royal Oak District Court shortly after noon.

Dailey was found bound in her house with her throat slit in late November.

A statement from the prosecutor says Alan Wood is charged with first-degree premeditated murder, felony murder, two counts of unauthorized use/possession of a financial transaction device and larceny in a building.  Tonia Watson is charged with felony murder and the unauthorized use/possession of a financial transaction device and larceny in a building.

Both Wood and Watson face life in prison if convicted in the murder.

Woods and Watson both have lengthy criminal histories and stayed at several Royal Oak motels in the weeks before a relative found Dailey’s body.  Authorities say there was evidence of a robbery at the home of the victim.

Two days after the murder, Wood and Watson were arrested at a Meijer store in Canton.

The Oakland County Prosecutors Office said:  “Looking out for your neighbors and reporting suspicious activity helps protect our community and assist the police. It was just that type of community awareness that helped the police solve this horrific crime.”


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