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Jail Nurse Allegedly Poisons Husband, Then Sets Fire To Their Home To Cover Her Tracks So She Could Marry Inmate

Amy Murray has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of her husband, Joshua Murray. After his death, she allegedly told inmate Eugene Cranepool he was "out of the picture."

By Jill Sederstrom

A Missouri woman, who worked as a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, is accused of poisoning her husband, then setting a fire to try to cover up her crime, so she could marry an prison inmate serving a life sentence.

Amy Murray, 40, is now behind bars herself after being charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of her husband, Joshua Murray.

According to a statement from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Murray’s body was discovered after investigators were called to a house fire in Iberia, Missouri on Dec. 11 and found him dead inside the home.

An investigation would determine the fire had been started in the couple’s master bedroom using an accelerant. Amy Murray had taken her 11-year-old son and the family dogs to McDonald’s at the time of the fire and then allegedly claimed the smoke was too heavy for her to go inside the house once she returned, according to a probable cause statement obtained by ABC News.

But investigators would soon learn that it wasn’t the fire that killed Joshua Murray. An autopsy would reveal he had been dead before the fire ever started from being poisoned, likely with antifreeze, according to the Jefferson City News Tribune.

At the time of her husband’s death, Murray had allegedly been having a romantic relationship with an inmate she met while working as a nurse at the correctional center.

Investigators reportedly found recorded phone conversations between Murray and inmate Eugene Claypool, who is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, that increased their suspicion of her involvement. During the calls, Murray allegedly told Claypool she didn’t want to be around her husband anymore. She later told him they could get married because her husband had died and was "out of the picture," KMIZ reports.

Murray is currently being held at the Miller County Adult Detention Center on $750,000 bond.

[Photo: Miller County Sheriff’s Office]

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