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Corr murder suspects indicted on federal robbery and murder charges

By By EVAN WHITE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV) - A federal indictment unsealed charges Toussaint Davis, Robert Ward, and Marion Pegese with the 2006 the robbery of a New Hartford jewelery store and murder of police officer Joseph Corr.

On February 26, 2006, Pegese, Ward, Davis and others accused of robbing the Lenord's-W.B. Wilcox Jewelry. During the robbery attempt, police officer Joseph Corr was shot and killed by Walter Richardson, who himself was shot and killed by police.

Monday in Syracuse, United States Attorneys joined Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara and other local law enforcement officials announcing the charges.

Davis, Ward and Pegese face conspiracy to interfere with Interstate Commerce by robbery, Aiding and Abetting and Murder as a result of Possession and discharge of a firearm.

An Oneida County jury found Davis guilty of murder and sentenced him to 300 years in prison. His sentence is being appealed and is still pending. He did not appear with Ward and Pegese Monday but is expected to be arraigned on federal charges.

The defendants face life in prison or the possibility of the death penalty, but the government hasn't decided what it will seek yet.

Monday, both Robert Ward and Marion Pegese pleaded non guilty to federal charges. Charges filed in Oneida County court will soon be dismissed in favor of the federal ones.

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