Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Prison nurse accused of killing husband to marry inmate

Prison nurse accused of killing husband to marry inmate

The life sentence is in connection to a second-degree murder charge, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections Offender Search.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that Miller County authorities announced Friday that 40-year-old Amy Murray, of Iberia, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in 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 December 11 and found him dead inside the home.

Pictured, Missouri woman, Amy Murray, the husband she allegedly murdered- for her inmate lover- inset. The charges stem from a fire at her Iberia, Missouri, home that the Missouri State Fire Marshall and Miller County Sheriff's Office determined she allegedly started.

Police were suspicious of Murray's alleged account that she returned to find the house on fire and that the smoke was too intense for her to try to save her husband, according to the statement.


She was allegedly having an affair with Eugene Claypool, an inmate at Jefferson City Correctional Center, where she worked as a nurse, at the time of the blaze.

In recorded phone calls at the facility, Murray told the inmate she wanted to divorce her husband. Following the fire, she allegedly told Claypool they could get married because her husband was dead and "out of the picture," according to court documents.

Claypool was arrested in 2000 and has been behind bars for more than 18 years in the fatal stabbing of a 72 -year-old man who won $1.7million in the lottery.

Amy Murray has since been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, KSIS reported on February 8. "Amy Murray talks about wanting Joshua Murray to come home from Nebraska and she is exhausted of being around him". She was released on a $750,000 bond from the Miller County Adult Detention Center in Tuscumbia, Missouri.

Investigators said Claypool repeatedly stabbed Hardwick, whose wife later found him dead with a Bible on his chest. She's scheduled to appear in court on February 13.

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