Confessed Pennypack Wife Killer Faces Murder Charge

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    Christopher Murray, who Philadelphia Police say confessed to killing his wife Connie in Pennypack Park earlier this month, is due in court for a preliminary hearing. (Published Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014)

    A Northeast Philadelphia man accused of a strangling his wife and leaving her body at a local park -- a crime police say he confessed to committing -- was due in court Wednesday.

    Christopher Murray was set to appear before a Philadelphia judge for a preliminary hearing. Murray, 48, faces a murder count in the Aug.4 killing of his wife Constance "Connie" Murray.

    That hearing was delayed until October however.

    Police say Murray confessed to killing his wife at Pennypack Park following an argument. According to investigators, there were ongoing domestic issues between the husband and wife which culminated in the deadly argument.

    Husband Charged With Murder

    [PHI] Husband Charged With Murder
    Christopher Murray is accused of killing his wife, Connie Murray, in Pennypack Park. (Published Monday, Aug 11, 2014)

    Investigators say Connie left her Tolbut Street home the night of Aug. 4 to go for a walk. While she was walking, Murray allegedly followed her while driving a silver Taurus. He pulled up beside her on Willets Road and the two began to argue, according to police.

    "She sticks her head in the car, says something and she goes back on her walk," said Philadelphia Police Lt. Philip Riehl.

    Police say Murray continued to follow her and got out of his vehicle on Holme Avenue around 9:30 p.m. The husband then met his wife at a bench area at the park where another argument ensued.

    "She went up there voluntarily to talk to him about whatever was going on and things went bad," Riehl said.

    Husband Allegedly Strangled Wife in Pennypack Park

    [PHI] Husband Allegedly Strangled Wife in Pennypack Park
    Husband confesses to strangling wife in Pennypack Park. (Published Sunday, Aug 10, 2014)

    According to law enforcement sources, Connie Murray accused her husband of infidelity, which he denied. Sources say she went to the park's snack stand to meet her daughter where she was met by her husband who wanted to discuss the issue further. According to sources, Christopher Murray told police his wife began to slap him which caused him to snap.

    Murray allegedly strangled his wife and then left her body at the bench area near the Crispin Rec Center. Investigators say he then contacted police around 2 a.m. and reported that his wife was missing. A woman walking her dog later found Connie's body the next morning.

    After receiving several neighborhood tips and looking at surveillance video allegedly showing Christopher Murray driving his silver Taurus, police identified him as a suspect. He was taken in for questioning the following weekend.

    "State Trooper David Lang came in and helped us and administered a lie detector test," Riehl said. "After failing the lie detector test, Murray confessed to strangling his wife in the park next to the two benches where she was found."

    Reward Increases In Case Of Mother's Body Found In Park

    [PHI] Reward Increases In Case Of Mother's Body Found In Park
    Philadelphia police returned Friday to the spot where Connie Murray's body was found in Pennypack Park Tuesday morning. As they search for answers, more money is being donated to the reward in the case. NBC10's Katy Zachry was there when detectives returned to the scene and reports with more details. (Published Friday, Aug 8, 2014)

    Police also say they recovered Connie's headphones and cellphone in a sewer at Solly Avenue. They believe Murray took the items and disposed of them there.

    Murray remains jailed without bail.

    Mother Murdered, No Suspects

    [PHI] Mother Murdered, No Suspects
    Philadelphia police continue to investigate the murder of Connie Murray in Pennypack Creek. (Published Friday, Aug 8, 2014)