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Chilling opening remarks in triple murder trial

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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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Opening statements for the triple murder trial of a man accused of killing his estranged in-laws and then setting their home on fire, began with chilling descriptions of the brutal crime scene. Prosecutors allege the suspect snapped following a break-up, but the defense told the jury the split was mutual.

Roy Murry is accused of killing Lisa and Terry Canfield and their son John Constable. They were shot to death inside their Colbert home back in May of 2015.

The lone survivor who lived at the home was Murry's estranged wife, Amanda. Prosecutors told the jury Wednesday that Amanda just happened to work late the night of the murders. They said Roy did not know about the sudden change to her schedule. They said the Murry's had officially decided to divorce just hours before the victims were killed.

Prosecutor's described the horrific scene to jurors.

"As (the fire fighter) crawled, in he felt an object," said Prosecutor Jack Driscoll during his opening statement. "He could tell it was a person. It was Lisa Canfield. She was faced down."

Moments after finding Lisa, Driscoll told jurors first responders realized one of their own was also a victim when they spotted Terry Canfield's fire gear.

"Not far from Lisa Canfield a fire helmet was found," Driscoll said.

Driscoll said Amanda Murry came home just as crews were finding her murdered family members. He said Amanda was scared of Roy Murry, describing him as "delusional." Driscoll said Roy believed Amanda was a Russian spy.

The defense said Roy Murry was perfectly fine with the divorce. They told jurors during their opening statement that Murry was happy to move on and was even dating.             

"It was basically mutual, this is not working out," said Murry's defense team to the jury.

Amanda Murry will likely take the stand. The trial could last for a total of five weeks.

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