Abusive killer who snapped wife’s neck during lockdown found dead in prison cell

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A man facing nearly 40 years behind bars for snapping his wife’s neck after she said she wanted to leave him has killed himself in jail.

Vicious Joshua Fury admitted killing Maria Pew Fury by suffocating her with a plastic bag and then burying her at their home.

He had choked Maria until he heard her neck snap, a court in Minnesota heard.

The 28-year-old killer, who admitted second degree murder, was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday.

His death was ruled a suicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, KMSP reports.

A criminal complaint claimed the couple had argued about Covid-19 in the build-up to Maria’s death, but relatives say she intended to leave him and branded Fury controlling.

Fury wrapped her head in a plastic bag before putting up flyers saying she was missing.

She was killed on April 30, during the Covid-19 lockdown.

He did not report Maria missing for two days – but her phone was later found in the couple’s home.

Her body was discovered when police searched the home on May 2, with an examination revealing the cause of death was asphyxiation.

When he was arrested, Fury tried to blame an ex-boyfriend of his wife.

Lissa Pew, the victim’s adopted mum, said that isolating with Fury had been dangerous, stating: “You know that was not a safe place to be. It further isolated her.”

She has since set up an organisation called Maria’s Voice to tackle domestic violence.

Lissa said Maria was planning to leave Fury, telling NBC News: “We know that the coronavirus is a pandemic, but so is domestic violence.

“We’re just parents with a broken heart, but we can do something and we are going to stop domestic violence.”

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