A jail nurse in Missouri is accused of poisoning her husband with antifreeze before setting him on fire, along with their home, so she could marry an inmate. Her attorney didn't immediately return a phone message Monday seeking comment from The Associated Press.
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.
The suspect was having an affair with an inmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center where she worked as a nurse, according to documents. Investigators found evidence of arson, and an autopsy showed that Joshua Murray died of poisoning before the fire. The State Fire Marshall's Office and the Miller County Sheriff's Department determined that an accelerant was used to start the fire in the master bedroom. She allegedly then left the house with her 11-year-old son and two dogs to go to McDonald's.
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But authorities said they found a McDonald's sandwich on the kitchen counter inside the house. Hardwick, who couldn't walk without using a walker, won a $1.7 million Missouri Lottery jackpot in 1998. Following the fire, she allegedly told the prisoner they could get married because her husband was dead and "out of the picture," according to KMIZ News. Claypool, who isn't charged in the case, was sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing an elderly man in 2000.
At the time, Murray was working as a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Center when she began having a "romantic relationship" with inmate Eugene Claypool, who was convicted in the 2000 stabbing death of a $1.7 million elderly lottery victor.
Murray has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of her husband, Joshua Murray. "Amy Murray talks about wanting Joshua Murray to come home from Nebraska and she is exhausted of being around him".
She is scheduled for a bond-reduction hearing on February 13.