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Iraq veteran arrested in Washington state triple homicide

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 6:00 AM

SPOKANE, Washington (AP):

A decorated Iraq war veteran and son-in-law of one victim in a triple slaying near Spokane remained in custody Monday after the people were shot and their home was set on fire, a newspaper reported.

Roy H. Murry, 30, of Lewiston, Idaho, surrendered to authorities on Saturday, four days after the home was set on fire near Colbert, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.

Murry was arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, the sheriff said. It was not clear if the suspect had obtained an attorney.

Murry was wounded in Iraq and has had a series of run-ins involving weapons with law enforcement officers since his return from the war.

Terry Canfield, 59; his wife, Lisa M. Canfield, 52; and Lisa Canfield's son, John Robert Constable, 23, died from gunshot wounds before the fire was reported Tuesday by a neighbour.

marital problems

The Spokesman-Review reported Murry is married to Lisa Canfield's daughter, Mandy Murry, and is a decorated Iraq War veteran. Investigators believe Murry might have been waiting for Mandy Murry to show up at her mother's home.

Knezovich said the Murrys had been experiencing marital problems.

"It is our belief that he was up there waiting for her," Knezovich said.

In 2011, the Spokane County Republican Party named Murry as one of three nominees to fill a state Senate seat, despite his lack of political experience and a brush with the law.