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Husband arrested in Philly jogger's death

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, 7:45 p.m.
 

PHILADELPHIA — The husband of a jogger found strangled in a park has been charged with her murder, police said on Sunday, days after they warned female runners to take extra precautions until the killer was caught.

Authorities announced the arrest of 48-year-old Christopher Murray at a news conference. His 46-year-old wife, Constance, was found dead on Tuesday in Pennypack Park in northeast Philadelphia. The mother of two had been out running the night before.

“The reality was he became a suspect early on and remained a suspect until he confessed,” Lt. Philip Riehl said.

Riehl said Murray has expressed remorse. “I think it was more of a rage incident more than premeditated,” he said.

Investigators say Murray trailed his wife in a car while she went out on Monday night, and the two began to argue. Police say Murray continued to follow her, and the pair went to a bench at the park where they continued to fight.

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

Christopher Murray strangled his wife and left her body near the bench, police said. He called police early on Wednesday to report her missing, and a woman walking her dog found her body a few hours later.

Surveillance video showed Christopher Murray in his vehicle, and he was taken in for questioning, police said.

Riehl said aspects of his story didn't add up. He failed a lie detector test and then confessed, Riehl said.

Her headphones and cellphone were recovered in a nearby sewer.

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