[UPDATE] Cabbie Slay Suspect Had Prior Murder Conviction

John Murray, one of the suspects in the murder of Peekskill resident Terry Camper, served 34-years in prison for an earlier murder conviction. He was paroled from Fishkill Correctional Facility on Nov. 8, 2011.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Thanks goes out to the Patch reader who pointed this out. 

Attached to this story is a PDF of the state Supreme Courts decison to dismiss Murray's attempt to have his conviction overturned.

In the document, it states that Murray was convicted of two separate robbery/homicides that took place in 1977 on Jan. 5 and Jan. 19. Murray pleaded guity and was sentenced to two concurrent prison terms of 25 years to life on May 19, 1978. 


Prior to his arrest for the murder of Peekskill resident Terry Camper, John Murray served 34 years in prison for counts of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of weapon, according to state records.

Peekskill police believe Murray, a 60 year-old Newburgh resident, lured Terry Camper, 53, to Pine Street under the pretext of needing cab ride. When Camper arrived to pick Murray up, Murray shot him twice in the back of the head.

Murray was arrested in front of his home in Newburgh Thursday night, following the arrest of Beatrice Camper.

Murray was having an affair with Terry Camper’s wife, Beatrice Camper, police said. Officials believe committed the crime as part of a plot to profit off of two insurance policies that Beatrice Camper had place on her husband.

“It has all of the negative qualities in the human experience,” Peekskill police Chief Eugene Tumolo said Friday. “This was predicated solely on greed and selfishness.”

Beatrice had met Murray while he was serving the rest of his prison service. Their relationship lasted for more than a year. It is unclear how they met.

Patch was unable to obtain the details surrounding Murray arrest in conviction, state Department of Corrections and Community Supervisione records show that he entered the state prison system out of Queens County on June 2, 1978.

Murray was released on parole from the Fishkill Correctional facility on Nov. 8. 2011.

Beatrice Camper and Murray are currently being held in Westchester County Jail without bail for second-degree murder. They are both scheduled to appear in Peekskill city court on Tuesday.

Yaddayaddayadda October 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Can't remember a much worse week for The City of Peekskill even before this disgusting act against Mr. Camper!!! My deepest condolences to Mr. Camper's REAL family!!! May he rest in peace!!! May you find comfort in each other!!! God needed him for a greater purpose in his kingdom!!! May we all learn from his example of kindness towards each other!!!
Ashley Lape October 07, 2012 at 02:17 AM
got to love our justice system that a murdered who was sentenced to 50 years to life got released after only serving 33 years!! i hope Mr. Campers family sues the prole board or NY state correction system!! once a murderer always a murderer!!!!
shakemdown October 07, 2012 at 03:39 AM
the animal above will not see daylight again the only light that he will see is from the sun shining through his cell window. in other words PUT YOUR HEAD BETWEEN YOUR LEGS AND KISS YOUR AZZ GOOD BYE CAUSE YOU WILL NEVER SEE THE STREETS AGAIN.AND I HOPE EVERY TIME YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES, YOU WILL SEE MY FRIEND TERRY YOU WORTHLESS SCUM
Yaddayaddayadda October 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Rehabiliitation does not exist in our prison system!!! Giving an animal like this a second chance he did not give to now 3 people makes no sense!!! Violent criminals do not deserve a second chance...our prison system does not work toward replicating the society these animals decided they no longer could co-exist in!!! It is punishment plain and simple for what you did...no one else did this to you!!! You have a chance to go to school and do the right thing. You give up that right when you commit these crimes against people that play by the rules. Throw away the key never rang so true as it should have 34 years ago!!! Enough with release for good behavior BS. Good behavior happens when you act the right way when no one is looking!!! When you are in the system you have no idea what doing the right thing with no one looking looks like...never will and never should get that chance again!!!
F Peekskill October 07, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Don't worry the City manager said that no amount of cops could prevent this. In his and the counsels heads maybe less would've worked.


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