NEWFIELD, N.Y. — Police and the Newfield Town Court have released waves of information about the recent murder case all weekend.
Below is everything we know about the case, what we are still trying to find out and what’s up next in this investigation.
Who? What? Where?
Camden Rundell, 30, was found by first responders about 100 feet from his front door at 221 Burdge Hill Road at 5:02 a.m. Friday. He was dead when officials arrived at the scene.
The incident was initially reported as a cardiac arrest, but police said from the get-go that the death was being investigated as “suspicious” and that police were interviewing people who may have been at the residence when Rundell died.
Police were at the scene for more than 15 hours, and could bee seen collecting evidence and taking photos in the front yard of the home.
Read the initial story about the crime here.
We still don’t exactly know. Police are declining to release more information about what happened to Rundell or how he died.
An autopsy report conducted Saturday determined that the manner of death was a homicide.
Who has been charged with what?
The following three people were charged with second-degree murder: (left to right) Jamie Gerhart, 38, Colleen McColgin, 37, Roy Clements, 39. Gerhart and McColgin were booked into the Tompkins County Jail Saturday at 3:29 a.m. and 4:44 a.m., respectively. Clements was taken into custody Sunday evening and booked at 10:20 p.m.
What’s in the court documents?
As of Monday afternoon, the only documents released about any of the defendants are the felony complaints, which are brief, one-page papers stating what Clements, McColgin and Gerhart are charged with.
The documents do, however, reveal three things we didn’t know already.
First, the three defendants were allegedly robbing Rundell when he was murdered.
Second, there four people listed as having given depositions in the case.
And most stunningly, McColgin allegedly made oral admissions related to the crime.
Typically, depositions are, at least in part, available to the public, But for now, the court has declined to immediately release them. The Ithaca Voice will continue trying to access the depositions.
Clements will reappear in the Newfield Town Court at 1 p.m. Friday for a felony preliminary hearing. Afterward, he will likely continue to be held without bail until either he is indicted and arraigned in Tompkins County Court or the charge against him is dismissed for some unforeseen reason.
McColgin and Gerhart’s next court date is to be determined. The grand jury is meeting this week to determine if the women will be indicted on any charges in the case. If they are, the case will go straight to county court and they’ll be arraigned. If the jury does not make a decision by Thursday, the women could have a felony preliminary hearing late Thursday or some time Friday in the Newfield court.
Police are still asking anyone with information about the crime to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at 607-266- 5420 or the Tompkins County Communication Center at 607-272- 2444.
Photos by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice
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