At the Kevin Murphy triple-murder trial yesterday, prosecutors focused on the gun they say was used to kill Murphy’s mother, sister, and aunt four years ago at the Murphy family business, Ferguson Glass Shop.
The 22-caliber pistol was found hidden beneath a belt sander at the shop after the shootings. Murphy had said he used it on the day of the murders, but only to shoot a robin that was building a nest. Testimony revealed that Murphy’s fingerprint was found on a manual for the gun, and his DNA was on the pistol, but so was DNA from an unknown individual.
Also yesterday, two Conemaugh Township neighbors, Charles Modrey and John Scott Krivasy, testified about Murphy’s behavior in the days leading up to the shootings. Modrey said Murphy talked to him about wanting to end the stress over his mother and sister’s objections to his relationship with Susan McGuire, a married woman with whom Murphy was having an affair. He said Murphy asked him if he knew anyone who could get rid of the problem. Krivasy told the court that several weeks before the shootings, Murphy asked him to get him a gun with no explanation why, and that three days after the murders, he met with Murphy and McGuire at Murphy’s home, and Murphy thought the home was being wiretapped.
Testimony resumes this morning with the prosecution offering more physical evidence.