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YCSO detectives investigating homicide in Black Canyon City


BLACK CANYON CITY – Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the murder of a Black Canyon City woman.

On Jan. 12, YCSO detectives were called to a residence on Mud Springs Road. At the scene, they found a woman who had died; the death was classified as suspicious. The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Janine Appleford.

The following day, YCSO detectives booked 47-year-old Wayde Chaulklin into the Camp Verde Detention Center for one count of 2nd Degree Murder. The victim was reported to be Chaulklin’s girlfriend.

According to a release from YCSO, Chaulklin claims he accidently shot the victim during early morning hours on Tuesday (Jan. 12) when part of a rifle he was carrying hit the corner of a table and ‘went off’ and that he saw Appleford fall to the floor. YCSO noted that Chaulklin made no effort to contact medical personnel. He told a neighbor what had happened, and they notified YCSO. Chaulklin claims the shooting was accidental but has changed details in his story.

The rifle involved in the incident was recovered from the scene. YCSO reported that Chaulklin was in possession of methamphetamine when arrested.

Anyone with information on this crime should contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 771-3260.