Season 28, Episode 3
The Case Of Celestine Payne
Retired chief assistant prosecutor Bill Purdy recalls the murder case of Celestine Payne. “The motive in this case was obviously there, and it’s kind of sad. These insurance policies weren’t a lot of money. That someone would actually kill someone, bash them over the head with a crowbar, for $25,000 is very sad,” Purdy says.
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Who Was Tara Carter?
Rosie Carter, the sister of Tara Carter, recalls the case of Celestine Payne. Tara’s body was found on the morning of March 4, 1995 by two joggers at Eastside Park in Paterson, New Jersey. Celestine was later convicted in the young woman’s slaying, and she was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.
Who Is Celestine Payne?
Those close the murder case of Celestine Payne discuss the investigation and court proceedings. Payne took a plea deal and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for two counts of first-degree murder. “It was certainly challenging to put together a death penalty case,” says retired chief assistant prosecutor Bill Purdy.