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Wife, Lover Arraigned In Slaying Of Peekskill Cabdriver

John Murray of Newburgh was arraigned Tuesday in the shooting death of taxi driver Terry Camper of Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Beatrice Camper of Peekskill was arraigned Tuesday in the slaying of her husband. Prosecutors say she and her lover, John Murray, intended to cash in on her husband's life insurance policy. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Two suspects in the slaying of a Peekskill taxi driver were arraigned Tuesday in Westchester County Court.

District Attorney Janet DiFiore said John Murray of Newburgh and Beatrice Camper of Peekskill were arraigned for their roles in the Oct. 3 shooting death of Peekskill resident Terry Camper.

Murray is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder, both class A-1 felonies; and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony. Camper is charged with second-degree murder.

About 2:15 p.m. Oct. 3 a postal worker saw a gray Mercury Marquis parked in the 100 block of Pine Street facing the wrong direction. She saw that the driver was not moving and called 911.

First responders found that Camper, a local taxi driver, had blood dripping from the left side of his head behind his ear by his neck. Camper was taken to Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m.

Police conducted an extensive investigation before arresting Camper’s wife and Murray, her lover, a few days later. District Attorney Janet DiFiore said the two intended to collect on Terry Camper's life insurance policy.

They were ordered held without bail in the Westchester County Jail. Both are due back in court Dec. 18. Murray faces life in state prison without parole, and Beatrice Camper faces 25 years to life.

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