'Voices' told Parker County murder suspect to get the pickax, affidavit says

Posted Friday, Jan. 18, 2013  Print Reprints

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Voices in his head told Nicholas Camfield to take a pickax to the head of another man, Camfield told a Texas Ranger this week.

Camfield, 24, of Weatherford, also said he scalped John Daniel Doss and then spent four days mutilating his body, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday by the Parker County sheriff's department.

The body of Doss, 24, of Weatherford, was found Wednesday in a house in Springtown where investigators arrested Camfield, who was covered in blood, authorities reported earlier.

According to the affidavit by Texas Ranger Anthony Bradford, a friend of Doss became concerned that he hadn't been able to contact him and went to check on him Wednesday at a house in the 200 block of Valley Meadows Drive.

The friend encountered Camfield, who "had what appeared to be blood on him," the affidavit stated. The friend also saw "what he thought to be a person covered up in a bed."

The friend left and called 911.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, they encountered Camfield and found Doss' body "with obvious trauma to the head area," according to the affidavit.

Camfield later said that Doss had come to the house on Saturday and they drank beer until Doss fell asleep.

Camfield got a pickax from an outbuilding "and hit Doss approximately six times in the head," according to the affidavit.

"Camfield stated he did this because he was 'afraid' and the 'voices in his head' were telling him to do it," Bradford wrote. "Camfield further admitted that he scalped and otherwise mutilated Doss' body over the next four days before the arrival of [Parker County] deputies."

He remained in the Parker County Jail on Friday night with bail set at $1 million. Jail records show that Camfield has been arrested eight previous times in Parker County. The offenses include public intoxication and receiving stolen checks.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST