The triple murder trial of Kevin Murphy of Conemaugh Township resumes this morning after testimony on Friday from a fellow Westmoreland County Prison inmate, John Meighan of Greensburg, who told the court that Murphy told him that his girlfriend, Susan McGuire, orchestrated the murders of Murphy’s mother, sister, and aunt.
Meighan said that he couln’t understand why McGuire had not been charged in the case. According to the story Meighan said Murphy told him in prison, McGuire planned how Murphy should kill the women and how to cover it up, including shooting at a robin at the Ferguson Glass Shop in the morning in front of employee Donald Shondelmyer, who would then be able to back up Murphy’s account. In earlier testimony, Shondelmyer revealed that he and McGuire now live together in Murphy’s old house, and they now run the glass shop. Meighan said Murphy told him Shondelmyer would do whatever he was told to do, and he also described where the bodies were found and where he’d hidden the gun. He also said that McGuire told Murphy to run to his uncle’s adjoining farm and be seen feeding cattle, and how to fake an anxiety attack after the shootings.
The defense has said that Murphy’s statements after the killings should not be admitted because he was under the influence of medication given to him after having an anxiety attack.
Meighan, who was in prison for a probation violation on a drunken driving conviction, faces three more DUI charges but testified that he had not been granted a deal in order to testify against Murphy, although he is hoping for a reduced sentence.
The trial resumes this morning in the courtroom of Judge Al Bell.