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Convicted killer Roy H. Murry provided no explanation Thursday as to why he gunned down three members of his ex-wife’s family and set fire to their bodies, an attack that prompted a judge to sentence him to three consecutive life sentences, plus 35 years. Family members took turns telling Superior Court Judge John O. Cooney of the pain, fear and devastation Murry caused when he swept through the Colbert home and killed Terry Canfield, 59; Lisa Canfield, 52; and her son, John Constable, 23.
Convicted killer Roy H. Murry will not face the death penalty. But barring a successful appeal, the gun-loving Iraq War veteran will never again walk free.
Jurors will now decide whether Roy H. Murry will spend the rest of his life in prison for a grisly triple murder or walk free from a prosecution that lacked direct evidence such as a murder weapon. The jury began deliberations 3 p.m. Monday afternoon after weeks of testimony in the killings of Terry and Lisa Canfield, and John Constable.
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.
Four hours later than normal, Amanda Constable’s gray Nissan Sentra crested the hill on East Chattaroy Road in the early hours of May 26, 2015 when she first saw the smoke and emergency lights. “I hoped it was a car in front of the house that was on fire,” she said as her face melted to tears. “I knew that it was my house on fire and my family was there.”
Whisked into the courtroom early so she wouldn’t have to walk past the man charged with killing three members of her family, Amanda Constable cried Tuesday as she waited on the witness stand. Finally, the six-person security crew walked Roy H. Murry to the table. Constable, who finalized her divorce from Murry just days ago, collected herself and looked up, down and left, avoiding eye contact with the man prosecutors claim laid in wait to kill her on May 26, 2015.
As firefighters scrambled through the smoke-filled chaos of a burning Colbert home, one discovered a firefighter’s helmet. Worried it had fallen off another firefighter, he rushed it outside for a closer look.
A jury of eight women and four men has been selected to hear the case against 31-year-old Roy H. Murry, who faces three counts of aggravated murder in connection to the deaths of his estranged wife’s family.
Roy H. Murry either planned and carried out a “swift attack” in May 2015, when he shot three members of his estranged wife’s family and then waited in vain to ambush her before setting fire to the victims’ Colbert home; or Murry, a 31-year-old Republican who was once considered to fill an open state Senate seat, is the victim of Spokane County sheriff’s detectives who immediately focused on the disabled Iraq War vet and pulled out every stop to convince prosecutors he’s a killer. “Mr. Murry has no history of violence,” Public Defender Tom Krzyminski wrote earlier this year in court records. “To date, the physical evidence against Mr. Murry is either nonexistent or a stretch of the limits of imagination.”
A state legislator’s claim that a fiery triple homicide north of Spokane is connected to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office drew a furious rebuke and threat of politicial payback by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.
Triple-murder suspect Roy Murry shot three relatives and then waited 90 minutes in the hope of killing his estranged wife, too, according to new court documents that paint a chilling picture of an unfinished plot. Murry’s sister Laura Murry told investigators that she was so afraid of her brother in the period leading up to the killings that she hid his guns.
Numerous road flares and a gas can spout were found in a storage locker maintained by murder suspect Roy Murry in Pullman, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. The remains of road flares and several gasoline cans were recovered from the scene of a fire at 20 E. Chattaroy Road on May 26. Murry is accused of killing Terry Canfield; his wife, Lisa M. Canfield; and Lisa Canfield’s son, John Robert Constable and then setting the home and a shed on fire. Lisa Canfield was the mother of Murry’s wife.
Numerous road flares and a gas can spout were found in a storage locker maintained by murder suspect Roy Murry in Pullman, according to court records unsealed Tuesday.
The man accused of killing his in-laws and setting their rural Spokane County home on fire after his wife spoke with him about divorce will remain in custody of the Spokane County Jail on $3 million bond. Roy Murry, 30, remained handcuffed for his brief appearance before Spokane County District Court Judge Vance Peterson on Tuesday. Murry is suspected of shooting Spokane Fire Department Lt. Terry Canfield; Canfield’s wife, Lisa Canfield; and her son, John Constable, to death before burning the Canfield home southeast of Deer Park on May 26. Investigators identified Murry as a suspect after Mandy Murry, who had been living at the Canfield home with her mother and stepfather, told them Roy Murry blamed the family for their separation.
Bond has been set at $3 million for triple-murder suspect Roy Murry, accused of killing his wife's mother, stepfather and brother.
Even though Roy Murry is suspected of killing Patty Baldwin’s daughter, grandson and son-in-law, she forgives him. The Wenatchee woman said her deep religious faith is allowing her to find peace in her heart despite the brutal crimes.
A man arrested in connection with a triple homicide in Colbert believed his estranged wife's family was responsible for their separation, according to new court documents.
Spokane County detectives believe a fire department lieutenant, his wife and her adult son were shot to death, then whoever did it set fire to the family’s home to destroy evidence of the crime. The county Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victims as Spokane Fire Lt. Terry Canfield, 59; Lisa M. Canfield, 52; and John Robert Constable, 23.