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Triple murderer Roy Murry gets three life sentences plus 35 years for killing family

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.

Roy Murry triple-murder case goes to the jury

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.

Murry trial ends; closing arguments set for Monday

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.

Ex-wife testifies in triple-slaying trial; DNA evidence not linked to suspect

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.”

Ex-wife details odd relationship with Roy Murry in triple murder trial

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.

Triple murder trial of Roy Murry may hinge on experts

The triple murder trial of disabled veteran Roy H. Murry began Wednesday with attorneys explaining his anti-government views, his penchant for guns and the military training that prepared him to sweep a Colbert home.

Murry triple-murder trial set to begin Wednesday

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 Murry triple-homicide trial to begin Monday

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.”

Triple-murder suspect Roy Murry faces more charges

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.

Road flares, guns among Murry’s possessions, unsealed records say

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.

Triple homicide suspect appears in court; $3 million bail set

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.

Triple-slaying suspect ‘demonized’ estranged wife’s family, officials say

The estranged wife of a military veteran accused of killing a Spokane firefighter and his family may have been saved by a late night at work. Mandy Murry finished her shift as a nurse at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and arrived home in the early morning hours May 26 to find firefighters battling two blazes. Investigators would later learn that Murry’s stepfather, Terrance Canfield, her mother, Lisa Canfield, and her brother John Constable were shot to death inside the home and barn at 20 E. Chattaroy Road. Lisa Canfield was apparently gagged before she died, according to court records.

Suspect arrested in Colbert triple homicide

The son-in-law of one of the three people shot to death before fire was set to their Colbert home and barn was arrested Saturday afternoon on three counts of first-degree murder, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said. Roy H. Murry, of Lewiston, was taken into custody after he appeared voluntarily at the Public Safety Building and was interviewed by detectives, Knezovich said.