New details were revealed in the murder of 80 year old Royal Oak resident Nancy Dailey on Friday. 10 witnesses testified in 44th District Court during the preliminary exams of Dailey’s accused murderers, Tonia Watson and Alan Wood.
According to Royal Oak Police Detective Perry Edgell, the first time Watson and Wood met Dailey they asked her if they could rake leaves for food money, Dailey gave them $40 for about ½ hours work
Two weeks later, on November 20th, they needed drug money. After hanging out at a Woodward Avenue McDonalds for a few hours they walked to Dailey’s Trafford Avenue home. The defendants could see Dailey sitting in her home watching television. They waited for it to get darker before Watson knocked on the front door while Wood broke in through the side door.
Wood pulled the phone off the wall, and then they began to search for valuables. They found Dailey’s bank card and began pressing for her PIN.
Edgell testified that under questioning, Watson told him that Dailey was very upset and crying. They took jewelry and Wood found a bag with a number on it that he thought was the PIN. Dailey then asked to use the bathroom while Watson stood guard. Nancy said to Tonia as she was entering the bathroom, “I tried to help you, you dirty birds” and then she tried to close the door. Watson then yelled to Wood that she was trying to lock herself in the bathroom.
Wood pulled Dailey by the hair into the hallway and tried to break her neck, punched her in the face and stomped on her. Wood then pulled out a pocket knife with a 7 inch blade, Watson walked away and left Wood in the bedroom with Dailey, when he came out he said, Let’s go, I cut her throat.”
The exams were adjourned until March 16th at 9 a.m., when a DNA expert on medical leave will testify.