Charges: Missouri jail nurse killed husband, wanted to wed inmate

Sergio Conner
February 13, 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.

Forty-year-old Amy Murray, of Iberia, is jailed on $750,000 bond on charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, arson and tampering with evidence in the December 11 death of Joshua Murray. His body was found after a fire at the couple's home. 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.

A woman is accused of fatally poisoning her husband with antifreeze so she could marry an inmate at the prison where she was employed.

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.

"During the phone calls, Amy Murray talks about not wanting to be around her husband, Joshua Murray, and was wanting a divorce from him", the probable cause statement. She allegedly later told investigators she left the home with her 11-year-old son and two dogs and drove to an Osage Beach McDonald's, and said when she returned the smoke was too heavy to go inside.

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The court documents showed that at the time, Murray was having an affair with a prisoner at the Jefferson City Correctional Center where she worked as a nurse, Fox 22 reported.

The inmate, 40-year-old Eugene Claypool, has been jailed for more than 18 years in the deadly stabbing of a 72-year-old man. Hardwick, who couldn't walk without using a walker, won a $1.7 million Missouri Lottery jackpot in 1998.

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.

She added that she could marry Claypool because Joshua was dead and "out of the picture", the report said.

She is scheduled for a bond-reduction hearing on February 13. She remains in custody at the Miller County Adult Detention Center on $750,000.

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