Cops: Missouri Woman Amy Murray Killed Husband to Marry Man Serving Life

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It's a plot worthy of a soap opera: A Missouri jail nurse was charged with the murder of her husband in what police said was a bid to be with her inmate boyfriend, whom she met while he was incarcerated for killing an elderly lottery victor.

An autopsy determined her husband was poisoned by a chemical in antifreeze and likely died before the blaze started. The charges stem from a fire at her Iberia, Missouri, home that the Missouri State Fire Marshall and Miller County Sheriff's Office determined she allegedly started.

At the time, Murray was working as a nurse at the Jefferson City Correctional Center when she began having a "romantic relationship" with inmate Eugene Claypool, who was convicted in the 2000 stabbing death of a $1.7 million elderly lottery victor.

After Murray allegedly started the fire, she went to a McDonald's with her 11-year-old son and dogs, according to the news outlet. When she returned, she said the house was already on fire and the heavy smoke prevented her from going inside.

"During the phone calls, Amy Murray talks about not wanting to be around her husband, Joshua Murray, and was wanting a divorce from him", the probable cause statement.

But Claypool and Amy allegedly discussed hiring an attorney to try for an earlier release, according to the probable cause statement.

A Missouri woman used poison to kill her husband - so she could marry a man doing life behind bars for murder, investigators alleged. Following the fire, she allegedly told Claypool they could get married because her husband was dead and "out of the picture," according to court documents.

The inmate, 40-year-old Eugene Claypool, has been jailed for more than 18 years in the deadly stabbing of a 72-year-old man.

The victim, Donald Hardwick, had made headlines for winning a $1.7 million lottery prize in 1998.

The Miller County Sheriff's Office charged Amy Murray with first-degree murder, second-degree arson, tampering with physical evidence and armed criminal action.

Investigators said Claypool repeatedly stabbed Hardwick, whose wife later found him dead with a Bible on his chest. During Wednesday's hearing, a judge will rule on the defense's motion to reduce her bond.

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