Blainey charged with first degree murder in Davis Motel death
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Convicted serial rapist Robert Blainey has been officially charged with last month's rape and murder of Davis Motel owner Linda Turner.
Blainey's attorney entered a not guilty plea for his client in Oneida County Court Wednesday. He faces six charges, including first degree murder and rape.
Blainey had failed to report for parole on a prior rape conviction in October. That's when prosecutors say he allegedly hid out in the Davis Motel for three days before raping and strangling 68-year-old Turner, then stealing cash and her car.
District Attorney Scott McNamara says no plea deal is likely to be offered, and Blainey's attorney says his client has been cooperative up to this point.
"Mr. Blainey should never walk free. That's my position and based upon the decision that we can ask for that punishment, in this case, that's what we're asking for -- that he be sentenced to life without parole," said McNamara.
"I've been able to discuss everything with him that I've engaged him in at this point. He seems very cognizant and aware of what's going on. In fact, he's been pleasant, he's been polite and affable at this point," said Leland McCormac, Blainey's attorney.
Blainey is a repeat sexual offender. He was convicted in 1984 of raping a girl younger than 11. While on parole for that crime, he was arrested for two counts of rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment.