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Husband arrested for murder of strangled jogger

Police say Christopher Murray, 48, allegedly confronted his 46-year-old wife Connie Murray in Pennypack Park Monday night when she went for a jog, then strangled her.
Police say Christopher Murray, 48, allegedly confronted his 46-year-old wife Connie Murray in Pennypack Park Monday night when she went for a jog, then strangled her.

Police announced this afternoon that they have arrested the husband of Constance “Connie” Murray and charged him with murdering her last week in Pennypack Park.

Cops say Christopher Murray, 48, allegedly confronted his 46-year-old wife Monday night when she went for a jog, then strangled her. The Northeast Philadelphia mother of two was found around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

“The reality was he became a suspect early on and remained a suspect until he confessed,” said Homicide Lt. Philip Riehl. “There was a lot of good police work that went into this.”

Riehl said aspects of Christopher Murray’s story didn’t add up, which led them to bring in a state police trooper to administer a lie-detector test. He failed, then confessed. Riehl said Murray has expressed remorse.

“I think it was more of a rage incident more than premeditated,” Riehl said, adding that there had been “some ongoing domestic discord between the two.”

Connie Murray’s funeral services were scheduled to begin tonight and conclude tomorrow. They have two daughters, ages 12 and 15.

“They had the funeral scheduled, and now they’re going to find out today that their father has been charged in their mother’s death,” Riehl said.

In an interview with the Daily News last week, Christopher Murray described his wife as “a beautiful woman, a loving, caring mother, a fabulous friend.” He declined to comment further.

“Obviously, there’s no celebration in this case, but perhaps the people that play and exercise in the area of Pennypack Park can have a sigh of relief because there is not a predator lurking in the area,” Riehl said.

William Bender and Morgan Zalot Philadelphia Daily News
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