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Police: Blainey was squatting at Davis Motel before murder
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Serial rapist Robert Blainey is back in Oneida County and in custody at the Oneida County Jail.
Blainey was on parole for the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in Madison County in the 1980s when he committed two more rapes. He was on parole for those crimes and living in Utica when he stopped reporting to his parole officer, in violation of his parole in late October. The latest list of crimes he will soon face could land him in prison for the rest of his life.
"Yes, it's our intent to pursue murder in the first degree," says Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.
A few weeks later, on November 3, local motel owner Linda Turner, 68, was found murdered in her office. Police now say that Robert Blainey was hiding out in an abandoned house in west Utica and eventually made his way to north Utica and the Davis Motel on Herkimer Road where he was squatting in a room for a few days before the murder occurred.
Authorities say Turner was a true victim.
"It's my understanding that this was a random incident and he did not know the victim prior to this," says Utica Police Chief Mark Williams.
The murder charge is only the beginning; prosecutors also plan to try and indict Blainey on first-degree rape, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary charges when they present the case to a grand jury in the next month.
Pennsylvania State Police pulled over murder victim Linda Turner's car for weaving on Monday night only to find Blainey driving it. Police say he's been cooperative, making statements and admissions to investigators. Parole officials brought him back to Oneida County Tuesday night.