Trial Starts Today In Death Of Elderly Royal Oak Woman

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WWJ) – Jury selection begins Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court in the murder of a Royal Oak woman, whose throat was slashed during a robbery at her home.

Forty-nine-year-old Alan Craig Wood stands trial on first-degree murder charges in the vicious slaying of 80-year-old Nancy Dailey in her Royal Oak home in November 2011. Police say she had been tied to a chair, beaten and stabbed, and her throat had been slashed.

Wood’s alleged partner in crime is to testify against him. Forty-one-year-old Tonia Michelle Watson copped a plea on a lesser charge of second-degree murder. She is expected to tell the court her role and that of Wood, as transients hired by Dailey to clean her yard, only to target her home later for money to buy drugs.

Police say Wood and Watson have lengthy criminal histories and drifted from motel to motel. They are both parole violators who were arrested in Canton Township two days after Dailey’s body was found. Police say they were attempting to use one of Dailey’s bank cards at an ATM.

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