Amy Murray: A Missouri nurse is charged with fatally poisoning her husband so she could marry her prison lover, Eugene Claypool.
A Missouri woman has been accused of poisoning and killing her husband so she could marry her inmate lover.
Amy Murray, 40, was charged Friday with first-degree murder after her husband Joshua Murray, 37, was found dead in a fire at the couple’s home on December 11.
The State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Miller County Sheriff’s Department determined that an accelerant was used to start the fire in the master bedroom.
An autopsy later determined the husband actually dying of antifreeze poisoning before the blaze.
But there’s more.
Amy Murray recorded conversations revealed motive:
Further investigations revealed the wife- who worked as a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Center– engaged in a romantic relationship with inmate Eugene Claypool, 40.
Murray allegedly started the fire, then left the home with her son, 11, and two dogs and went to a McDonald’s.
According to a probably cause state cited by Fox 8, Murray said the home was on fire when she returned home and the smoke was too heavy for her to go inside.
However, court documents revealed a McDonald’s sandwich found on the kitchen counter inside the home and a McDonald’s food bag was in the trash.
In a recorded phone conversation, Murray told the inmate that she no longer wanted to be married to her husband.
In another conversation she told Claypool she could marry him because her husband was dead and ‘out of the picture’, ABC17news reported.
They also spoke of getting Claypool an attorney so he could be released from prison early.
Amy and Joshua had been married since 2003 and share a son together.
In addition to the murder charge, Murray is also charged with armed criminal action.
She is scheduled for a bond-reduction hearing on February 13.
Her bond is set at $750,000.