10.2.19

A Missouri Woman Murdered Her Husband To Marry An Inmate

A Missouri woman now faces murder charges after it was discovered her husband didn't die in a house fire, but after being poisoned with antifreeze.

According to reports, Amy Murray, 40, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for killing her husband Joshua Murray, who authorities originally suspected died in a fire.

The motive for the murder? She wanted to marry an inmate convicted of second-degree murder.



Joshua's body was found after the Dec. 11 fire and The Missouri State Fire Marshall's Office and the Miller County Sheriff's concluded the fire was arson. The fire began in the couple's master bedroom and was started using an accelerant.

An autopsy later revealed Joshua was dead prior to the fire and was poisoned. Cellphone records show Murray was at the couple's home 30 minutes before 911 responded. In a statement to police, she said she took her 11-year-old son and two dogs to a local McDonalds.

Murray was employed as a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Center where she entered into a romantic relationship with Eugene Claypool. According to recordings of their telephone conversations, Murray said she didn't want to be married to Joshua and wanted a divorce. She later told Claypool they could get married because Joshua was dead. The two reportedly spoke about hiring a lawyer for Claypool's early release.

Claypool is serving a life sentence.

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