Spokane

Closing arguments in Murry triple murder trial

SPOKANE, Wash. - He's suspected of killing his in-laws, but attorneys for Roy Murry say detectives have simply arrested the wrong man.

On Monday jurors heard closing arguments in Murry's triple murder trial.

For the past four weeks, Roy Murry's trial has taught his jurors how to commit murder and, almost, get away with it.

Larry Haskell, Spokane County prosecutor explains, "trioxane, how to never leave a trace, shoot and scoot, bug out bags, arson and homicide" as some of the things the trial has dealt with.

The state believes immediately after Murry's now ex-wife implied that she wanted to divorce Murry, he couldn't handle the rejection.

"Mr. Murry who, in his view, had lost control of his wife and his life, had reached a boiling point" said Haskell.

Prosecutors say Murry felt betrayed and responded by heading to his in-law's home, luring his wife's stepfather Terry Canfield out into the darkness by cutting the power to his bedroom at the family's breaker box.

But Jill Nagle, Murry's public defender, questioned the accuracy of these claims.

"Well the testimony was that Mr. Canfield was actually sleeping on the couch due to his recent surgery, but if he was sleeping in the bedroom and this was the case, why wasn't the breaker box swabbed for DNA?" she asked.

And that's when Murry's defense team started attacking the prosecution's largely circumstantial case.

Whenever detectives swabbed for DNA or blood that could potentially link Murry to the killings, the tests came back negative.

Nagle said Monday to the jury, "the conclusive physical evidence that you have excludes the victims from Mr. Murry's house, his car or his shoes. The evidence leaves you with reasonable doubt, and with that reasonable doubt we ask you to find Mr. Murry not guilty."

But the state insists Murry is the killer, citing that he is the only reasonable explanation for why his in-laws were murdered.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the evidence shows that only Roy Murry had the skills, the training, the equipment, the opportunity and the twisted motive," said Haskell.

And as an indication of that twisted motive, the prosecution showed the jury what they found in Roy Murry's trash after the murders, a discarded montage of photos announcing Roy Murry's marriage to his now ex-wife.

Murry's jury resumes their deliberations tomorrow morning. 


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