2008-07-11 / Top Stories

Whitlock Guilty In 2005 Murder

A 31-year-old Far Rockaway resident has been convicted of murder in Queens Supreme Court for the April 2005 shooting death of a motorist parked at the curb in Arverne, Queens, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Wednesday.

Brown identified the defendant as Corey D. Whitlock, 31, of 320 Beach 100 Street in Rockaway Park.

Whitlock was convicted of second degree murder, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Hanophy, who presided at the eleven-day trial, set sentencing for July 29, 2008, at which time the defendant faces up to life in prison.

Brown said, "The victim was shot multiple times at point-blank range in front of his two young sons - one of whom picked the defendant out of a lineup and testified at trial. In part, through the child's courageous actions, the defendant has now been held accountable for his crime and society has been protected."

According to trial testimony, Carl Murray, Jr. had just parked his 2004 BMW at the corner of Beach 54 Street and Beach Channel Drive at around 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2005, when Corey Whitlock approached the automobile and fired several rounds through the window, striking Murray in the chest and arm. Murray's sons, who were aged 8 and 15 at the time, were also in the car, along with two of the older son's friends. Murray was rushed to a local Queens hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At trial, the victim's younger son, Carlmique Belnavis, now 11 years old, testified that he had been sitting in the backseat when he saw a man, whom he knew from the neighborhood as "C-Low," walk over to the car and shoot his father at point-blank range. Belnavis later picked out Whitlock from a police line-up as the man known as "C-Low" Police officers and detectives who had investigated the shooting testified that they were familiar with the defendant and also knew him by his nickname, "C-Low."

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