Queens DA: Long Island mom, son accused of murdering Farlock Away


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Officials said Friday that Long Island’s mother and son were charged with “teaming” murder to kill an unarmed man last month at Farlock Away.

Valleystream’s Abita Campbell, 38, and Raymond Jackson, 22, whose hometown is not listed, were charged by a grand jury who killed La Saun Lawrence, 27, who was in the car at Farlock Away. The prosecution said on the afternoon of September 23.

Campbell has been detained and Jackson’s search is ongoing, said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

“It’s hard to imagine a mother working with her son to commit a murder, but sadly it happened here,” Katz said in a statement. “The defendant charged in this case sought out the victim with the intention of doing harm …. This was a vicious and meaningless revenge on the trivial controversy.”

Prosecutors did not identify what the dispute between the Far Rockaway man and the defendant was.

Campbell was charged in the Queens Supreme Court on Friday with arraignment, including a second murder, a second and third criminal possession of weapons, and a second illegal possession of personally identifiable information.

She has been detained without bail, officials said.

Her attorney, Michael Kushner, could not be reached on Friday.

According to Katz, Jackson fired “more than 12 shots” from close range to Lawrence while his mother was armed with metal pipes.

When arrested, Jackson was also faced with a second murder, a second criminal possession of a weapon, and a second illegal possession of personally identifiable information, officials said.

Prosecutors said Campbell and Jackson were caught in a video stopping their BMW driven by Campbell before leaving and approaching Lawrence in a double-parked car on Far Rockaway. Jackson then fired at the victim multiple times. Campbell then took the metal pipe and broke the windshield of the car Lawrence was riding in, officials said.

Campbell was pulled out on October 2nd. Authorities then used BMW’s investigation warrant, which was used during the deadly shooting, and later found a gun that was shown in ballistic tests to be the gun used to kill Lawrence.


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