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Murray trial excerpts online

April 3, 2005


The murder trial that led to the conviction of a Kansas State University professor last month involved hundreds of exhibits -- most notably, his nearly 10-hour videotaped statement to police.

Now, for the first time, the public can view online video excerpts from Thomas E. Murray's videotaped statement, as well as scanned images of other trial exhibits, at

Douglas County District Court released the documents to the Journal-World after Murray's conviction March 17 for the November 2003 first-degree murder of his ex-wife, Carmin D. Ross.

Murray will be sentenced May 6.

In the excerpts of the videotaped statement, police question Murray about the cuts and bruises on his hands, which he says came from cutting a pineapple and cleaning his gutters.

Murray also tells detectives he's "having fun" with the interrogation "from the 'CSI' perspective" and tells them they'll find his blood inside Ross' home.

Other exhibits online include a diagram police drew of the crime scene, e-mails salvaged from Murray's computers and his written statement to police in which he changes his alibi by saying he left his home in Manhattan and drove on Interstate 70 the morning Ross died.

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