Two men arrested in attempted burglary at murder victim's house

Stephen Anderson
Stephen Anderson (Philadelphia Police Department)
Posted: August 15, 2014

A man who claimed to be the nephew of Constance McClain-Murray - who police say was strangled by her husband in Pennypack Park last week - was caught attempting to break into her Northeast Philadelphia house with an accomplice early Wednesday morning, police said.

Stephen Anderson, 32, of Parkwood Manor, and Brandon Howard, 27, of Bensalem, were spotted trying to pry open the rear sliding door of McClain-Murray's home at about 2 a.m.

The house, on the 2800 block of Tolbut Street, was unoccupied, a police source said, because McClain's husband, Christopher Murray, is in jail and the couple's two daughters are staying with relatives.

Neighbors called police once they spotted the attempted break-in, and Anderson and Howard were arrested at the scene.

Anderson later told police he was McClain-Murray's nephew. Police were trying to confirm that Wednesday.

Anderson did not say why he had tried to break into the house, a police spokeswoman, Officer Jillian Russell, said.

Both men were charged with attempted burglary.

McClain-Murray, 46, was found strangled in Pennypack Park last Monday. She had gone for a jog and never returned.

Christopher Murray confessed to the killing Saturday after failing a lie-detector test, police said. Lt. Phil Riehl said Murray strangled his wife in the park after an argument.


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