Northeast Times

Two try break-in at murder victim’s home

  • Steven Anderson

  • Brandon Howard

A Park­wood man and one from Bucks County are fa­cing at­temp­ted burg­lary charges after they al­legedly tried to break in­to the home of Chris­toph­er P. Mur­ray, the North­east hus­band who is ac­cused of strangling his wife in Pennypack Park on Aug. 4.

With Con­stance “Con­nie” Mur­ray de­ceased, her hus­band jailed without bail and their two young daugh­ters stay­ing with re­l­at­ives, the house on the 2800 block of Tol­but St. was va­cant on Aug. 13 when Steven An­der­son and Brandon Howard al­legedly tried to pry open a rear slid­ing door. The sus­pects failed to gain entry.

Neigh­bors saw the sus­pi­cious activ­ity at about 1:55 a.m. and called 911. A wit­ness greeted po­lice of­ficers at the scene to point out the two sus­pects, po­lice said. An­der­son and Howard were ar­res­ted on the spot.

Mul­tiple loc­al news agen­cies, cit­ing un­named po­lice sources, re­por­ted that An­der­son, 32, of the 2600 block of Gene­see Drive in Park­wood, claimed to be Con­nie Mur­ray’s neph­ew. Phil­adelphia po­lice did not con­firm that re­port of­fi­cially. Au­thor­it­ies iden­ti­fied Howard, 27, as a res­id­ent of the 900 block of Bris­tol Pike in An­dalusia.

Both de­fend­ants were charged with at­temp­ted burg­lary and con­spir­acy. They re­main in Phil­adelphia pris­on cus­tody, each in lieu of $25,000 bail. ••

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