ITHACA, NY — A fifth person was indicted on Thursday morning and charged with murder and robbery in connection to the Newfield homicide case.
Court documents say the defendant’s identity is still uncertain, only describing the John Doe as an unknown male, approximately 5’9” with blue eyes.
Camden Rundell, 30, was found dead outside his Newfield home on Dec. 2. His death was initially reported on a 911 call as cardiac arrest but police immediately said the death appeared to be ‘suspicious’.
Jamie Gerhart, 38, Colleen McColgin, 37 and Roy Clements, 39, were all charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the days following the homicide.
Melissa Minnick, 39, was charged with fourth-degree conspiracy in connection to the crime. Court documents state that Minnick purchased ski masks, dog food and Unisom sleeping tablets from Wal-Mart and provided them to Clements for his use in the robbery.
Documents now suggest a fourth person, Doe, was involved in Rundell’s murder, which allegedly occurred while the defendants were robbing his home. This week, Doe was charged as the fifth person in connection to this crime, he was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
Records show that earlier that day, McColgin purchased a tarp from Wal-Mart to be used in the robbery, and with the help of Gerhart, entered Rundell’s home and removed his dogs from the residence.
Tompkins County Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Donahue said that while police still have not identified John Doe, they are “following up on leads every day.”
Gerhart, McColgin and Clements are currently held at the Tompkins County Jail without bail. Minnick is not in custody.
This is a developing story. More details will be added as information becomes available.
Featured photo by Kelsey O’Connor.