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Police Arrest Victim's Husband In Pennypack Park Murder

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Philadelphia Police have arrested and charged the husband of a woman found dead in Pennypack Park last week with murder.

They say Christopher Murray strangled 46-year-old Connie Murray to death Monday night.

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Police said Christopher Murray broke down and confessed to the crime after he failed a lie detector test.

He was arrested just after eight Sunday morning.

"I'm in shock. I was just over there telling him how sorry I was about everything and to find out that it was him is a big shock," neighbor Jim Kowalski said.

Neighbors said they were saddened to learn 48-year-old Christopher Murray was charged with the murder of his wife, Connie.

“When we watched them take the car last night after I had a gut feeling, I was like why are they taking his car?” Lisa Kowalski said.

Investigators said surveillance video showed a brief conversation at Christopher's silver Taurus as Connie went for a walk near Pennypack Park around nine Monday night..

They said an argument paired with ongoing relationship problems set Christopher off later that night, leading him to strangle her.

Early the next morning a passerby walking his dog discovered the 46-year-old mother of two's lifeless body on the edge of the park, near the Crispin Garden's Rec Center.

Police told us earlier this week Christopher filed a missing persons report and went looking for his wife with one of his daughters.

“There were certain parts of his story that just didn't add up. Didn't seem, his story about his wife was missing but contacted nobody, no friends, no family to find out if she was with them. Instead immediately went to hospitals and went to the police station seemed almost a show," Lt. Philip Riehl said.

The couple has two girls, ages 15 and 12.

Now one of their parents is dead and another could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

“I can't imagine the hurt they're feeling. It's unbelievable really," Jim Kowalski said.

Neighbors believe the daughters have family in the area, but aren't sure where they will live.

Murray has already been arraigned and is being held without bail Sunday evening.
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