Woman poisoned husband to be with killer inmate: cops

Elias Hubbard
February 12, 2019

After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, Claypool was sentenced to life in prison, but would become eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

Amy Murray, 40, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the death of her husband, Joshua Murray, who she allegedly killed before setting her home on fire as part of an elaborate cover-up, according to court documents obtained by ABC News. Investigators determined that the fire was deliberately set and Joshua Murray was already dead, poisoned with antifreeze, when it broke out.

Police allege a Missouri prison nurse, intent on marrying an inmate, poisoned her husband with antifreeze before setting fire to their home in an effort to hide his murder, PEOPLE confirms.

Fire marshals determined that the blaze originated inside the master bedroom and that an accelerant was used to start the inferno, according to the Miller County Sheriff's Office.

In recorded phone calls at the facility, Murray told Claypool she wanted to divorce her husband. As an alibi, Murray said she found the house on fire when she returned and the smoke was too heavy for her to go inside, according to a probable cause statement.

Police said the pair talked of being married and in one conversation, Amy said they could be Wednesday because her husband was dead and "out of the picture", KMIZ-TV reported. Hardwick, who couldn't walk without using a walker, won a $1.7 million Missouri Lottery jackpot in 1998.

She's charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Citing a Miller County sheriff's department probable cause statement, the paper reports that Amy Murray developed a romantic relationship with the inmate at Jefferson City Correctional Center, where she had been employed as a nurse.

They also spoke of getting Claypool an attorney so he could be released from prison early.

In another conversation she told Claypool she could marry him because her husband was dead and "out of the picture", ABC17news reported. During Wednesday's hearing, a judge will rule on the defense's motion to reduce her bond.

She and her husband had been married since 2003 and had one son together.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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