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Peekskill cabbie's slaying: Wife, ex-con arrested, cops say

John Murray, left, and Beatrice Camper, both 60

John Murray, left, and Beatrice Camper, both 60 and of Newburgh, were charged Friday in the murder of Peekskill cab driver Terry Camper, authorities said. (Oct. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Peekskill Police Department

The widow of a slain Peekskill cabbie and her alleged lover have been charged in the shooting death of 53-year-old Terry Camper, police said.

Beatrice Camper and John Murray, both 60 and of Newburgh, are facing charges of second-degree murder for Wednesday's killing of Camper, who was found slumped over the wheel of his car after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Camper and Murray, whom Peekskill police described as a career criminal who had spent nearly half his life behind bars, had been carrying on an affair for more than a year, police said.

The widow had taken out two insurance policies on her now-dead husband, police said Friday in announcing the arrests. Officials, however, did not disclose the dollar amount of the policies, according to News 12.

"The motives for this crime were obviously driven by greed and selfishness," Peekskill police Chief Eugene Tumolo said at a news conference Friday.

Camper and Murray, who were arrested Thursday, were expected in court later Friday, police said. Tumolo said their affair started more than a year ago when Murray was still in prison serving a sentence of 25 years to life for murder and robbery. He was paroled last November.

The announcement comes two days after Terry Camper's body was found by a passerby in the driver's seat of a gray, four-door sedan near 118 Pine St. at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim 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.

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