The jury in the murder trial of Alex Murdaugh discovered that the beleaguered attorney accused of murdering his wife and son wore different clothes on the night of their gunshot murders – before and after their deaths.
Prosecutors in the high-profile case showed jurors a Snapchat video showing the now-disbarred attorney wearing a blue button-down shirt and khaki trousers approximately an hour before the killings on Wednesday, according to WJCL and Fox News.
Later that night, he is seen chatting with police in a clean white t-shirt and shorts.
Alex is accused of two counts of murder and two weapons offenses in the shooting deaths of his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, on June 7, 2021, on the premises of their hunting lodge.
He has entered a not-guilty plea.
Seen Wearing Various Clothing
Alex told investigators that he and Paul had pleasure going around the wide property earlier that night, looking at some of the trees they planted.
According to WJCL, jurors were shown a Snapchat video Paul recorded at 7:56 p.m. showing Alex staring at one of the new trees they planted that kept flipping over, with Paul giggling and Alex appearing bewildered and scratching his head.
“Isn’t it better than it was?” WJCL reports that Alex makes jokes.
He is dressed in a short-sleeved light blue button-down shirt and khaki slacks in the video. According to Fox News, Paul’s buddy Will Loving testified on Wednesday that Paul gave him the Snapchat video at 7:56 p.m.
Jurors viewed a video of Alex after he phoned 911 at 10:07 p.m., stating he returned home to find his wife and kid shot to death by their dog kennels. He is dressed in a white shirt and shorts in the video.
Prosecutors and defense counsel have not explained why Alex was dressed differently that night.
Loving testified that he felt Alex and Paul had a solid connection.
“It felt like [Paul] was the apple of [Alex’s] eye,” Love told Fox News.
Prosecutors believe Alex shot and murdered his wife and son later that night, according to court evidence. They claim he changed his clothing and went to see his sick mother to construct an alibi.
Periods of Death
Britt Dove, who works in the computer crimes section for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, said in court on Tuesday that Maggie and Paul’s phones fell quiet forever that night shortly before 9 p.m.
According to the Associated Press, he said that the last time Paul viewed a text on his phone was at 8:48:59 p.m.
36 seconds later, he stated Paul was given another text, which he never read. According to the Associated Press, Maggie’s phone revealed she last read a text 28 seconds later.
Paul was shot in the chest and head at close range with a shotgun. Maggie was shot many times, including once in the back and again when she was laying on the ground. She was hit with 300 Blackout ammunition fired from an AR-style weapon. They were both declared deceased at the site.
Prosecutors claim Alex was the shooter, but the defense claims he was a loving father who returned to the property that night and found the deaths of his wife and kid.
Prosecutors claim Alex informed cops that he was never at the dog kennels on the night of the killings. He told detectives in a vehicle on the night of the killings that he had a sleep after dinner with Paul and Maggie, then proceeded to check on his Alzheimer’s-affected mother.
He said he attempted to phone Maggie to inform her that he was heading over to his mother’s home but was unable to reach her. But, Alex can reportedly be heard in the background of a video Paul shot of a dog he was caring for a friend, placing him at the scene, according to prosecutors.
As this trial concludes, Alex will face further legal issues.
He is facing hundreds of accusations for suspected financial crimes such as stealing money from his legal practice, scamming customers, and computer offenses.
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Prosecutors suspect that he allegedly scammed his former housekeeper’s family of a $4.5 million insurance payment after she died in a bizarre slip-and-fall event at his home. A trial will be convened for those charges at a later date.