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Based on all of the evidence collected and interviews conducted, detectives arrested Roy Murry for three counts of 1st Degree Murder with a firearm. Based on all of the evidence collected and interviews conducted, detectives arrested Roy Murry for three counts of 1st Degree Murder with a firearm.
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Court documents released on Monday detail the triple homicide scene found after a house fire in north Spokane County last week, and offer up a potential motive from the suspect's estranged wife.

During her interview with detectives, Roy Murry's wife, Amanda, said her estranged husband had recently been becoming increasingly delusional and suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from combat injuries during his service in Iraq. Amanda told detectives that since she moved out and decided to go through with a divorce, Roy thought her mother Lisa and step-father Terrance Canfield, had been keeping her away from him and encouraging the split.

Lisa, her son John Constable, and her husband, Spokane Fire Lieutenant Terrance Canfield were found murdered following a house fire in north Spokane County on May 26, 2015. Court documents show that the Medical Examiner's Office determined all three died from .22 caliber gunshot wounds prior to the fires being set.

Firefighters arrived to the home at 20 E. Chattaroy Road in the early morning hours of May 26 to find the home and a barn fully engulfed. Firefighters entered the home and found the body of Lisa Canfield in a pool of blood on the floor with a piece of clothing in her mouth. Firefighters found a second body extremely burnt in the barn. That person was later identified as Terrance Canfield. Lisa's son John was also discovered dead at the scene.

Detectives quickly learned that a fourth person, Amanda Murry, had been living at the home as well since December 2014. During her interview with detectives, Amanda said she was working her normal shift at Sacred Heart Medical Center as a nurse and was asked to stay late. She arrived at the house on E. Chattaroy after 4:00 a.m. to find the fire trucks and police cars at the scene. Amanda called Roy, who did not answer, because she believed he was the only person who had any reason to do such a thing. Roy called back at around 7:30 a.m. and said he was in Lewiston.

During her interview with detectives, Amanda said her mother did not like Murry, and her step-father and Murry never got along. Amanda said Murry owned several guns, including an AR-15 style pistol that he called "puppy." Amanda also said Roy Murry never touched his ammunition, but wiped each round off prior to loading them into a magazine so that no fingerprints get onto the rounds when he loads them. Amanda said Murry told her this helped his ability to "shoot and scoot", which meant he did not have to leave behind any DNA or fingerprints.

Amanda said Roy Murry had on several occasions said he felt her family was standing in the way of making their marriage work. She told investigators that Roy did not like Terrance Canfield and was very bitter toward him for making him following the "house rules" when Roy visited the home. Amanda told detectives that Roy would "see the killing of the family as a loss of her security and love for the most important thing in her life", in turn causing her to reconsider ending their marriage.

During the course of their investigation, detectives talked with a neighbor who said she had been at the home the night before the murders and all seemed fine, however when she heard about what happened, she suspected Roy Murry had something to do with it because he was "psycho" and knew he had recently been arrested for a weapons violation.

With a person of interest in mind, Detectives called the Lewiston Police Department to check on Roy Murry. Officers with the LPD knew of Roy Murry and considered him anti-police. Officers went to Murry's apartment and knocked on the door. Murry initially did not answer, but eventually came to the door. Officers said Murry was not cooperative, but did give them a rundown of his activities on May 25, that included purchasing food from the grocery story and vapor oil for his e-cigarette. Murry said he saw a missed call from Amanda and returned her call at around 7:00 a.m. In later interviews with detectives, Murry would say he went camping overnight with friends, however during this initial contact with the Lewiston Police Department, he never mentioned it.

While detectives continued to look at Murry as a possible suspect, fire investigators continued to look into the fires at the home on E. Chattaroy Road. A specially trained K9 was used to find areas where accelerants were used and fire investigators didn't need the dog to find portions and items inside the barn and home that had the odor of gasoline on them. Investigators also located a plastic top from a road flare in the front yard of the home, as well as what appeared to be the remains of the burned road flare inside the home.

Amanda told detectives about some of the valuables in the home, including silver coins, $3,000 cash and several firearms. During their search of the home, detectives found most of the valuables were still in the home, with the exception of one item: a firearm that Roy had given Amanda.

Detectives also interviewed Ryan Constable, the brother of John Constable. Ryan told detectives he knew Roy and said he is an "apocalypse prepper". Ryan told detectives he knew Roy was in possession of at least two sound suppressors for pistols.

The day after the murders, Spokane County Sheriff's Office Detectives calls Roy Murry and said they would like to meet with him. Court documents state that Murry was cooperative and set up a meet at a business in Pullman. Murry would later call back and cancel the meeting. A second meeting was arranged in Spokane, but again, Murry called and canceled. A third meeting was arranged in Pullman, but Murry again canceled. Finally, during a fourth attempt, a meeting was arranged at a business in Moscow, Idaho.

During this interview, Roy told detectives he had been in Lewiston on May 25, and had gone camping with friends in the Pullman area near a river. Murry said he left for the camping trip in the late afternoon and returned around sunrise the next day. Detectives asked who the camping friends were, and Murry stated he would not tell them or provide them with contact information because they were "involved in the intelligence community and would not speak to law enforcement."

While interviewing Murry, Detectives noticed an abrasion on his upper left bicep. Murry said he thought it was from a bush. When asked about an abrasion on the palm of his right hand, Murry said he thought he cut it with a knife. Detectives also noticed a three to four inch scratch on his right arm, and said all of the injuries appeared to be fresh. According to court documents, Murry also had some uneven redness similar to a sunburn or flash-burn on his face. Photographs were taken of these injuries.

Murry also told detectives he had missed a call from his estranged wife, Amanda, at about 4:40 a.m. because he was sleeping. Murry had previously told detectives he left his phone at home while he was out camping.

As the interview was being recorded, Murry said he did not want to answer questions about who could have committed the murders. After the recording was turned off, detectives said Murry told them he had been recruited by the Russian Secret Police known as the FSB, but declined to join. Murry said that it was possible the FSB was involved in the murders, but said if they were, law enforcement would never catch them.

During a background check on Murry, detectives learned of previous reports about Murry and his delusional and paranoid behavior. Court documents state that Murry was injured during combat in Iraq, treated by the VA and then became addicted to opiates.

In April 2015, detectives learned Murry had been involved in a relationship that had ended, and the person, not wanting to have face-to-face contact with Murry, turned Murry's property over to the Bonner County Sheriff's Office. The Deputy who received Murry's property was at the time training in the identification of materials and devices used to make improvised explosive devices and told Spokane County Detectives that some of the property collected could be used to make pressure switches and remote triggers for explosive devices. Some of the property included prepaid cell phones, which could be used as remote triggers, several laptops, motel keys with aluminum foil and wires wrapped around them, which can be used as pressure switches, body armor, and assorted calibers of ammunition, including a large amount of .22 caliber bullets. The items were returned to Murry one week before the murders in north Spokane County.

Detectives also reviewed Murry's Facebook page, and found that on the morning of May 25, Murry posted three songs to his page.

The first song, "Gasolina" contains lyrics such as "They have to be prepared because what is coming will be to beat them."

The second song posted was titled "Face Everything and Rise."

The third song was called "Revolution" and contains the lyrics "Can you see it? The worst is over, the monsters in my head are scared of love, fall people listen up, it's never too late to change our luck."

Detectives took notice of these songs because at the time of the posting, no information had been released to the family, media or outside agency, that accelerants were used, located, or identified as possible gasoline.

The night after the murders, a man wearing dark clothes was seen inside the crime scene at the home on E. Chattaroy Road. When spotted, the man ran on foot, and after a search was not located. The pursuing deputies gave a description that matched Murry's. A responding detective to the scene of the foot chase arrived and requested a GPS location on Roy Murry's phone and found that his phone was in the area of Haven & Grace in Spokane, about 17 miles away from the crime scene, which is listed as about a 25 minute drive by Google.

Detectives contacted the Lewiston Police Department and asked them to contact Murry, however when they arrived they found his car was gone, and he did not answer the door.

On May 30, detectives called Murry and said they had additional questions for him. Murry said he was in Lewiston and would drive up to Spokane.

During his second interview, detectives said Murry's first objective was to tell them about a woman he dated/worked with, who was in danger as a possible "loose end" for the suspects in the triple homicide. Murry said he believed this woman was a DEA agent and would be targeted by the Russian FSB. Murry told detectives he had worked for the CIA.

When asked how the murders at the home on E. Chattaroy, would have occurred, Murry used a map and drew two circles around the victim house and said the suspects would have entered from those locations and had a "safe house." When asked why the suspects would have burned down the home, Murry said it would have been done to destroy evidence or for intimidation purposes. Murry also said the killers would not have handled their brass cartridges due to fingerprints and would have used gloves. Murry also said the killers would have brought their own gasoline, just in case there was none at the home.

Murry said that during the time a car matching his description was seen near the crime scene on May 28, he was with his friend "Bobby." Murry gave information for detectives to contact "Bobby" but said he would not verify his alibi because he was involved in the intelligence community. Detectives found "Bobby" who said he had not seen Murry for months prior to May 26, at about 6:30 p.m."Bobby" said Murry stopped by his home but stayed in his car. He said Murry told him that three people were killed in a fire and police believed he was involved. This was prior to any law enforcement contact with Roy Murry.

During a search of Murry's car, detectives found a Walther P22 semi-automatic handgun. The gun did not have a magazine in it, and it had a "threaded barrel" that is commonly used to attach a silencer. Detectives also found a box of .22 caliber ammunition, similar to the casings at the crime scene. Forensics also found stains that presumptively tested positive for blood on the driver's side floor mat, and in the passenger area of the car.

Based on all of the evidence collected and interviews conducted, detectives arrested Roy Murry for three counts of 1st Degree Murder with a firearm.

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