Pittsfield murder suspect faces witness intimidation charge

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PITTSFIELD — A city man awaiting trial in a 2014 murder case has picked up an additional charge of witness intimidation.

Peter J. Campbell, 19, has been held in pre-trial detention at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction in connection with the shooting death of Anthony Gamache, 29. The intimidation is alleged to have occurred between Oct. 16 and Nov. 2.

First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello said he couldn't comment on the specifics of the new charge, but he did say during Campbell's arraignment Tuesday that it's connected to the original case and the DA's office hopes to prosecute the two together.

Campbell's trial is tentatively scheduled for March.

Campbell is accused of shooting Gamache, of Goshen, in the leg during a botched robbery in the parking lot of the Big Y supermarket on West Street in Pittsfield on Nov. 18, 2014.

Gamache was driven to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and then taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was treated and released.

The following evening, Gamache went into cardiac arrest at his home and was taken by EMTs back to Cooley Dickinson, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined Gamache died as the result of a blood clot caused by the bullet wound to his leg.

Campbell allegedly told police he went to meet Gamache under the guise of purchasing a quarter-pound of marijuana, but had planned to rob him instead.

He allegedly admitted having a .380 caliber handgun, but said it went off accidently during a struggle in the car. A witness said the shot was fired intentionally after Campbell had given Gamache a warning.

Campbell faces charges of second-degree murder, armed assault to rob, illegal possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

He pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to the witness intimidation charge.

Judge Daniel Ford set a Dec. 30 pretrial hearing in the case.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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