The man who shot and killed his in-laws because he was mad about a pending divorce will spend the rest of his life in prison.
A Spokane Superior Court jury convicted Roy Murry on a series of murder charges on Tuesday.
The case was a very tough sell for prosecutors. They had no eye-witnesses to the murders, no murder weapon and no evidence that placed Murry at the murder scene. However, some really good detective work uncovered Murry's deep, dark secrets.
It almost looked like Murry had committed the perfect crime. Three innocent people executed in and around their Colbert, Wash. Home, the killer setting a fire to cover his tracks.
“The conclusive physical evidence that you have excludes the victims from Mr. Murry's house, his car or his shoes,” said public defender Jill Nagle.
With no DNA or fingerprints, Murry's public defenders asked the jury to acquit their client in what was a very circumstantial case. But prosecutors said everything about this divorce gone bad implicated Murry as the sole suspect.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the evidence shows that only Roy Murry had the skills, the training, the equipment, the opportunity, and the twisted motive,” Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said during closing arguments.
Despite hearing four weeks of testimony, it only took about 12 hours of deliberations for the jury to find Murry guilty of multiple charges, including attempting to murder his now former wife, Amanda. She was in court on Tuesday and embraced the detective who brought her ex to justice. Murry killed her little brother, John Constable. Constable's father, Kelly, thanked prosecutors for their hard work after the verdict was read.
“[I'm] very relieved that it's over, very happy that we're moving on to be able to heal, and very thankful that the prosecution was able to find what they did out of everything that was destroyed and still make it work,” said Kelly Constable.
The jury also found the existence of aggravating circumstances in these three murders which means Murry will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Sentencing is set for January 12.
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