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Ex-wife's testimony in Colbert murder trial continues

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The chilling testimony from the ex-wife of an accused killer continued Wednesday. Prosecutors believe Roy Murry murdered his estranged in-laws, and then set their Colbert home on fire. The crimes occurred just hours after Roy and his now ex-wife Amanda agreed to divorce.

All eyes were on Amanda Constable, formerly Amanda Murry, as she told the jury Roy was uncharacteristically calm when asking her if they should call it quits. She testified that she even told her mom his upbeat tone was highly unusual. She fought to hold back tears as she described the moments she knew her world was forever changed.

"There was smoke and lights from fire engines," Amanda said of the first thing she saw as she approached her home.

Amanda was fresh off a last minute overtime nursing shift the night of the murders. On any other night, she would have been right there with her loved ones, inside the burning home.

"The first thing they told me was that they had found a female body," Amanda testified.

It was her mother. The discovery of her step-father and brother's charred bodies came next.

"Who did you first contact," Prosecutor Larry Haskell asked.

"Roy. I think it was Roy," she responded.

Amanda then recalled eerie memories of their conversation just hours before the murders, when Roy casually brought up divorce.

"He mentioned it and said should we just do it," she said. "I know the trust isn't there."

And that lack of trust, Amanda told the jury, was because Roy thought she loved her family more than her husband.

"Him saying that he felt like my loyalty wasn't with him was like saying I was completely betraying him," she said.

The defense has maintained, just because someone handles a break-up in strange way or is socially awkward, doesn't mean they are a killer.

Testimony will run at least another week, possibly even two.   

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