Adolphus Murtry is RCE security chief on Edward Israel. After the ambush attack that claimed the lives of five RCE security personnel, Murtry takes most of his remaining security team to Ilus and assumes command of First Landing by force of arms and enforces martial law upon the settlement. He is a hard, ruthless individual and possibly psychopathic, confirmed by his arbitrary and cold-blooded execution of Coop, one of the resistance fighters involved in the ambush, within minutes of confronting the citizens of First landing.
Murtry, upon his Miller like instinctive killing of Coop instantly raises the ire of Jim Holden. Holden, who has a penchant for fair trial and law, believes that Murtry acted rash, brutal and threatens to put him in prison once the situation on the planet Ilus is wrapped up. Murtry who has his team struck with heavy causualities doesn't seem to care. He also in turn of getting the goat of Holden, makes instant enemies with Amos.