Accused murderer returned to Troy to face charges

David Campos (Troy Police Department)

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Troy man accused of killing his estranged wife and then trying to outrun the law on a congested New Jersey highway was returned to local custody.

Troy police said 44-year-old Denise Gely was fatally stabbed in front of her children in her 6th Avenue apartment in the early morning of November 23, 2015. Police accused her estranged husband, 45-year-old David Campos, of the crime.

Campos’s brother told NEWS10 ABC the date of the November attack was the day the couple was to finalize their divorce.


“A tragic set of events for the family, and our hearts go out to them,” Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove said.

According to police, Campos fled the Capital Region and was spotted downstate by the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department. He then led police on a high-speed pursuit and was ultimately captured in Bergen County, New Jersey, police said.

The Troy man had been kept in Bergen County Jail until his release into the custody of the Troy Police Department on Thursday.

He was charged with one count of Murder in the Second Degree and was arraigned in Troy City Court Friday morning.

Abelove said the case will be brought before a grand jury, and Campos could face more charges for allegedly trying to evade police. He remains in the Rensselaer County Jail without bail.

Campos still faces charges in New Jersey as a result of the pursuit.

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