Pennsylvania Auto Glass Shop Owner Arrested on Charges of Murder;
Details Emerge in Case
April 26, 2010
A Pennsylvania auto glass shop owner was arrested on Friday, April
23, for the alleged murder of his mother, sister and aunt in his
shop last April. Kevin Murphy, 49, is charged with three counts
of first-degree murder and criminal homicide and is being held without
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The victims, Edith Cora Tietge, 81, Kris Lynn Murphy, 43, and Doris
Lee Murphy, 69, were found dead at the Saltsburg, Pa.-based business
on April 23, 2009exactly one year before Kevin Murphy's arrest.
All three worked at the business.
According to court documents, Kevin Murphy had lived with his mother
and sister, who left behind estates totaling $315,753.84, and had
filed paperwork to acquire these assets.
Though police have not named a motive, court documents say that
interviews conducted by investigators have revealed that Kevin Murphy
has had an ongoing relationship with a married woman for the last
two years. Kevin Murphy told investigators that neither his mother
nor sister approved of the relationship, according to the police
report. On the day of the murders, he "first learned from his
paramour that she had received a registered letter indicating the
process of her divorce had begun," according to the criminal
Police said that interviews with both the woman and her three children
revealed that they had talked about moving in with Murphy, but had
never met either his mother or sister.
The criminal complaint says Kris Murphy and Doris Murphy were last
seen at the business by another employee, Donald Shondelmeyer, at
3:55 p.m. on the day of their deaths, and that Kevin Murphy was
there as well. Then, at 6:05 p.m. that day, Kevin Murphy called
Shondelmeyer and asked him to come to the scene. When he arrived,
an ambulance was on-site and Kevin Murphy advised Shondelmeyer,
"They are all gone. They are dead!", according to the
Police said Kevin Murphy told investigators that he had brought
the .22 revolver that is alleged to have been used in the murders
to the shop several days before the incident "to shoot a raccoon
that was trapped." In the investigation, Murphy's computer
and network equipment were seized and searched, and discovered that
Internet searches had been performed on items such as "how
make poison from household" and "antifreeze how to kill,"
according to the police.
As of today, Ferguson Glass was still taking calls for work, despite
owner Kevin Murphy's absence, according to an unidentified representative
there with whom glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine spoke
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it becomes available.
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