A Peekskill judge allowed the man accused of fatally shooting a livery cabdriver to be placed in protective custody Tuesday after the defendant said he had received death threats.
With his head hung low, John Murray shuffled into Peeksill City Court Tuesday and faced two rows of friends and family of slain cabdriver Terry Camper, 53. He was killed "just because you're greedy and selfish and do not care about nobody but yourself," friend Regina Eversley told News12 outside the courthouse.
Beatrice Camper, the victim's wife, is accused of persuade her ex-con lover to kill her husband so they could collect money from two insurance policies she took out on him, police said.
"The motives for this crime were obviously driven by greed and selfishness," Peekskill police Chief Eugene Tumolo said.
Murray, 60, is accused of firing two shots into Camper's head as he sat in his gray, four-door sedan near 118 Pine St. in Peekskill. A passerby found his body slumped over the wheel of the car at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Camper and Murray, both of Newburgh, face second-degree murder charges. Camper, 60, waived her court appearance Tuesday, and the arraignment for both was postponed for two weeks.
Camper and Murray began their affair more than a year ago when Murray was serving 25 years to life in prison for murder and robbery, Tumolo said. He was paroled last November.
Terry Camper was well-known in Peekskill and had a long career as a licensed taxi driver before evolving into an informal gypsy driver, Lt. Eric Johansen said.