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Woman accused of poisoning husband with antifreeze, setting bedroom on fire after he died

Amy Murray was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the death of her husband. (Miller County Jail)

A 41-year-old woman was charged with poisoning her husband and setting his bed on fire so she could marry a prisoner convicted of murder.

Amy Murray was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action after her husband, Joshua Murray, was found dead in a house fire Dec. 11.

When first responders arrived to the residence on Janice Drive that day, they found Joshua Murray's body on a bed in the master bedroom, and the body and bed had been heavily damaged by fire. The State Fire Marshal's Office determined it to be arson.

The Boone County Medical Examiner's Office found Joshua Murray had died prior to the fire occurring, and that he likely died of poisoning from ethylene glycol, often used as an antifreeze, the probable cause document stated.

Investigators learned Amy Murray was a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Center and had a romantic relationship with an inmate there. The prisoner was behind bars for a second-degree murder conviction in 2001.

Murray had been heard on a recorded conversation within the prison talking to the inmate about not wanting to be around Joshua Murray and wanting a divorce. She also talked to the prisoner later about being able to marry him because Joshua Murray was dead, the document stated.

According to the court filing, several conversations existed between Amy Murray and the prisoner about having a life together with Joshua Murray dead and "out of the picture." They also spoke of getting the inmate an attorney so he could be released from prison early.

Amy Murray's bond was set at $750,000. A court date has not been set.

Editor's note: The prisoner's name has been retracted from the story because he has not been charged in this case.

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