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Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Peekskill Cab Driver

John Murray
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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- John Murray, a 62-year-old Newburgh man, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with the murder of a Peekskill cab driver, according to a release by the Westchester County District attorney's office.

Murray was charged with one count of murder in the first degree, a class A-1 felony, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class C felony, in connection with the murder of Terry Camper. Co-conspirator Beatrice Camper, a Peekskill resident and the victim's wife, pleaded guilty on Feb. 20.

She was charged with one count of murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony, and was sentenced on June 17 to 15 years to life in prison. The case began on Oct. 3, 2012 at approximately 2:10 p.m., a postal worker observed a grey Mercury Marquis parked in the area of 118 Pine St. Peekskill, facing the wrong direction. She saw the driver was not moving and called 911, according to a release from the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

First responders immediately recognized the victim as Terry Camper, known to them as a local taxi driver, the release said.  Camper was transported to Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m., according to the release.

While Murray was in state prison awaiting parole for a two unrelated murders committed in 1977, he began to plan the murder of Camper, his co-conspirator’s husband, according to the release.

Murray used the prison telephones to gather information on his intended victim. Throughout his planning, he and Beatrice Camper had numerous telephone conversations, the release said.

Peekskill police initiated a wide ranging investigation. Numerous interviews were conducted along with extensive forensic analysis, according to the release. Based on various sources and information members of Peekskill Police Department set-up surveillance on John Murray’s home and he was taken into custody in Newburgh, according to the release.

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