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Roy Murry found guilty on all counts in triple murder trial

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

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A jury found Roy Murry guilty on all charges in his triple murder trial on Wednesday.    

Amanda Constable, Murry's estranged ex-wife, had tears rolling down her face after the verdict was read loud and clear for all three murders. Last year, Amanda came home to a horrifying scene. Her house was on fire, her mother and stepfather were found dead, along with her brother missing who eventually wound up dead too. The victims are identified as 52-year-old Lisa M. Canfield, 59-year-old Terry Canfield and 23-year-old John R. Constable.

A family member told KHQ on Wednesday that they are grateful for the outcome. "Very relieved that it's over," said Kelly Constable, Amanda and John's father. He says they are taking steps moving forward, "I'm very happy that we are moving on to be able to heal."

Murry showed no reaction as the jury delivered the guilty verdicts one after the other. Days earlier, prosecutors laid out Murry's paranoid-sounding theories that his ex-wife's family were out to ruin his marriage, and that they were also Russian spies. The defense attacked the lack of direct physical evidence tying Murry to the murders but to no avail. "Very thankful that a prosecution was able to find what they did out of everything that was destroyed and still make it work (and) that they found the guy who killed him," said Constable.

"We are very happy for the family. Hopefully they'll sleep a little bit better tonight," said Larry Haskell, Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney.

Murry could face up to life in prison for the three murders. Murry's defense team told KHQ that they are disappointed, "While the defense team is disappointed in the verdict today, we are confident that issues raised during this trial will receive favorable review through the appellate process," said Defense Attorney Tom Krzyminski.

As for Murry's sentencing, that's scheduled for January 12th. The victim's family has requested at least three hours to describe their pain that Murry has caused them.

Previous Coverage:

Tuesday, May 26

Fire crews were called out to the blaze in the early morning hours. After extinguishing the flames, they found the tree victims. A fourth person also lived at the home: Amanda Murry. Amanda had moved in after separating from her husband Roy Murry. Amanda works a swing shift at Sacred Heart Medical Center and usually gets home around midnight. That night, however, she was asked to stay longer and didn't get home until around 4 o'clock in the morning.

She arrived home to a scene of utter chaos. Her house was on fire, her mother and stepfather were both dead, and her brother was missing. She told detectives she immediately called her estranged husband, Roy Murry, but he didn't pick up. She called him again around 7 a.m. and he answered his phone. He said he was in Lewiston, where the two had lived together, and where Murry still lived. During an interview with detectives she told them she suspected Roy right away. She said on May 25, she'd spoke with Roy and told him she was officially moving forward with a divorce. She said he was eerily calm when they talked, which was unusual.

She said he never got along with her family and he, "felt like Amanda cared for her family more than him." She said she, "wouldn't be surprised if Roy killed her family. He would see the killing of her family as a loss of her security and love for the most important thing in her life." She said "Roy would think this would cause her to reconsider ending the marriage and leave Roy Murry as the only person she had for comfort and stability."

Adding to detectives' suspicion of Roy Murry was the fact that all the valuables in the home were still there except one. Amanda Murry said Roy gave her a gun several years ago. When she moved out of their Lewiston apartment she took the gun with her. That gun was now missing.

Roy's Story

At the request of Spokane County, Lewiston police went to Roy Murry's apartment to question him about the fire and murders. The afternoon of Tuesday, May 26, Lewiston police spoke with Murry, who said he was in Lewiston the night of the murders. He said between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. he went to Safeway and bought a salad, then went to a smoke shop, then went home and stayed there.

Spokane County detectives made their first contact with Roy Murry on May 27. A Spokane County Sheriff's detective set up an interview with Murry in Pullman, but Murry cancelled. Murry would then schedule and cancel two more meetings before finally making a fourth meeting in Moscow, ID. He told detectives on May 25th he'd gone camping with friends, left his cell phone at home, and didn't get back home until close to sunrise. He said he was with some friends, but told detectives he couldn't say who those friends were because they were in the intelligence community and he didn't want to compromise them. When asked about cuts on his arms he told detectives they were probably due to a bush or possibly a knife.

Murry also said he'd missed a call from Amanda because he was asleep. That contradicted what Murry said earlier, that he'd left his cell phone at home, but detectives didn't push him on it. In that 5th interview he also said he'd been recruited by Russian Secret Police, but rejected their recruitment and said it was possible, he thought, the Russians were involved in this crime. Detectives also found that 18 hours before the crimes were reported, Murry posted 3 songs on Facebook: "Gasolina", "Face Everything and Rise" and "Revolution".

On Thursday night a man was seen on the Colbert property. They tried to find him, but couldn't. Detectives quickly requested a check of Murry's location via his cellphone GPS. Based on the GPS, Murry was in Spokane at the time the person was spotted on the property.

The Arrest

Detectives visited a property just south of the one where the Canfield family lived. They found it was vacant and blocked off with newly cut barbed wire. They also found a shed on the property that would make a good place to hide or store things.

Detectives then requested a fifth interview with Murry. That one happened Saturday at the Public Safety Building in downtown Spokane. At this point detectives still hadn't told Murry they suspected him of the crimes. Murry once again brought up the Secret Russian Police and again asserted they may be behind the murders. Detectives asked how he believed the Russian Police may have committed the murders. Using a map of the area Murry circled the property south of the crime scene. He said this area would be a good place to hide in and store weapons. When asked why they would set fire to the house, Murry said they may do it to destroy evidence, or for intimidation purposes. He also once again pushed his camping story, and also claimed to be drinking which once again contradicted a statement he'd made in an earlier interview in which he said he didn't drink alcohol at all.

Detectives also requested and received a search warrant for Murry's vehicle, a Dodge Caliber. They found a Walther p22 semi-automatic gun, a box of .22 caliber cartridges, and multiple blood stains in the driver's seat and driver's side floor mat. Murry was arrested that day and has remained in the Spokane County Jail ever since.

At his home and in a storage shed detectives found more guns, at least a dozen cell phones, flares, gas, tablet computers, a computer tower, laptops, and thumb drives.

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