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DA seeks death penalty in death of Pat Murphy

February 14, 2008

Lee County-  Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing retired realtor Pat Murphy.

The District Attorney says, Murphy was tortured before being stabbed to death and that's grounds for capital punishment for Corrie Denby.

Denby was scheduled to be in court Thursday morning for an arraignment, but was kept at the Lee County Jail while the paperwork was filed. He's charged with cutting the throat of 79 year old Pat Murphy inside Murphy's Lee County home November 30th, 2006. Murphy's body wasn't found for six days. Thursday, District Attorney Cecilia Cooper said it was the brutality of the crime, that Murphy was sexually battered and stabbed in the throat four times that she decided to seek the death penalty. There will be more hearings because it's become a death penalty case.

"There's a first proceeding that's got to be held before we can arraign him so that's going to be done at a later date and then the arraignment will be held. There are a series of hearings before we get to the trial," said Cecilia Cooper, Southwest Circuit District Attorney.

There's been no future date set for Denby first proceeding. Denby remains in the Lee County Jail without bond.

Corrie Denby has been in trouble with the law much of his life.

The night of Murphy's murder, Denby told investigators he smoked crack at the Fairfax Motel and had walked to Murphy's to ask for more money for drugs. In August of 1999, Denby was arrested for sexual battery after inappropriately touching a woman.

Four months later warrants were issued against him for robbery and assault. Days after that Denby was arrested for kidnapping after he attacked a 70 year old man and left him for dead. Denby served three years in prison.

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