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Jail nurse accused of poisoning husband reportedly wanted to marry inmate

13 February 2019

Authorities said her husband, Joshua Murray, was found dead after a December 11, 2018 house fire in Miller County, Missouri, OzarksFirst reported.

On Dec. 11, 2018, authorities in Iberia, Miss., responded to calls of a house fire and discovered the body of Murray's husband inside of the residence, local ABC affiliate KMIZ reports.

Police charged a jail nurse in Missouri with murder after she allegedly poisoned her husband and tried to cover it up by setting their home on fire - all in a bid to marry an inmate.

Fire marshals determined that the blaze originated inside the master bedroom and that an accelerant was used to start the inferno, according to the Miller County Sheriff's Office.

According to the documents, in recorded phone conversations Murray told the inmate, Eugene Claypool, 40, she didn't want to be married to her husband anymore and she could marry Claypool because her husband was dead and "out of the picture", Fox 22 reported.

In recorded phone calls at the facility, Murray told the inmate she wanted to divorce her husband.

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While looking into the arson case, investigators learned that Amy was a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Center and was allegedly having an affair with an inmate.

Police said the pair talked of being married and in one conversation, Amy said they could be Wednesday because her husband was dead and "out of the picture", KMIZ-TV reported.

Murray reported finding the home ablaze when she returned from taking the couple's 11-year-old son and two dogs to a McDonald's, a Miller County sheriff's detective wrote in a probable cause statement released last week.

Claypool was arrested in 2000 and has been behind bars for more than 18 years in the fatal stabbing of a 72 -year-old man who won $1.7million in the lottery. "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 February 13.

Amy Murray was booked into the Miller County Adult Detention Center on $750,000 bond.

Officials determined that Amy poisoned Joshua with antifreeze and put him on the bed, according to KMIZ.

Jail nurse accused of poisoning husband reportedly wanted to marry inmate