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Murry trial ends; closing arguments set for Monday

Triple-homicide defendant Roy Murry enters the courtroom under heavy guard, Nov. 16, 2016, at the Spokane County Courthouse in Spokane, Wash. for the first day of testimony. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

What was expected to be a six-week triple homicide trial ended a week early Friday when Roy Murry’s defense team rested their case after calling only one prosecution witness to the stand.

Murry is accused of killing the mother, step-father and brother of his estranged wife and then setting their house on fire to destroy evidence. Lisa Canfield, Terrance “Terry” Canfield and John Constable were all shot multiple times before the home burned.

His estranged wife, who has since divorced Murry and now goes by Amanda Constable, was supposed to be home at the time of the murder but unexpectedly worked several hours of overtime that night. Constable testified for nearly a day about her relationship with Murry and his increasingly paranoid behavior.

Murry’s defense team called Detective Kirk Keyser to the stand for a few clarifying questions before resting their case Friday afternoon, said Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell. No defense witnesses were called and Murry did not take the stand.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Monday morning.