MILLER COUNTY, Mo. — Joshua Murray was not killed in the Dec. 11 house fire in Iberia, where his body was found, according to investigators. They say he was poisoned by his wife who wanted to marry an inmate at the prison where she worked.
Amy Murray, Joshua’s wife at the time of his death, has been charged with 1st Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action. Murray is being held in the Miller County Jail on $750,000 bond.
On Dec. 11, 2018, at 1:15 a.m., a 911 call reported a fire at 9 Janice Dr. in Iberia. Authorities say they noticed something suspicious about the fire as they began investigating. The Missouri State Fire Marshal and Miller County Sheriff’s Detectives found the fire had originated in the master bedroom where Joshua Murray’s body was found, and determined an accelerant had been used to start the blaze.
An autopsy was conducted by the Boone County Medical Examiner, who indicated Joshua Murray was already dead when the fire started: he had been poisoned with Ethylene Glycol, commonly used as antifreeze. Amy Murray was identified as a suspect.
According to the probable cause statement for Amy Murray’s arrest, cell phone records obtained during the investigation revealed she had been at the residence a half-hour before the fire was reported to authorities. She reportedly told investigators she had been at the house earlier that night but had left with her 11-year-old son and two inside house dogs and drove to McDonald’s in Osage Beach. She told investigators that when she got back to the house, it was full of smoke and the bedroom was on fire, saying she could not get inside the residence because the smoke was too heavy, according to the document.
Authorities say Osage Beach McDonald’s video camera footage does show Amy Murray at the drive-through at 11:48 p.m. on Dec. 10, with a younger male in the passenger seat. She reportedly received a drink and food bag. The probable cause document revealed a McDonald’s sandwich was located by investigators on the kitchen counter inside the home and a McDonald’s food bag was located in the trash can in the garage.
Amy Murray had been employed as a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Facility, and authorities say they discovered Murray had been in a romantic relationship with an inmate there for some time. Investigators recorded Department of Corrections phone conversations between Amy Murray and the inmate, Eugene Claypool, in which she told Claypool she wanted a divorce from Joshua Murray, was tired of being around him, and did not want him to come home from Nebraska, according to the document. Authorities say she also told Claypool that they could now get married because Joshua Murray was dead.
“Several phone conversations between Amy Murray and Eugene Claypool talked about having a life now that Joshua Murray was deceased and out of the picture,” the probable cause documents states, adding Amy Murray had spoken with Claypool about getting him an attorney to try to get him out of prison early.
Amy Murray is scheduled for a bond-reduction hearing on Feb. 13. She is currently being held on $750,000 bond.