Alex Murdaugh has been convicted Thursday of killing his spouse and son. Regardless of the shortage of direct proof, the prosecution spent weeks outlining how Murdaugh had the motive, means and opportunity to commit the murders.
The case hinged on circumstantial proof: Proving Murdaugh was on the crime scene that evening and that he lied to investigators, and portray him as a fraudster who killed his household in a determined bid to distract the investigations into his actions.
A collection of witnesses have accused Murdaugh of intensive monetary wrongdoing at his namesake legislation agency and introduced proof that he lied to just about everybody round him in a yearslong fraud. A “day of reckoning” was coming from a number of totally different angles, so he killed his household to distract and delay these monetary investigations, the prosecution argued.
Two investigations specifically that would have uncovered Murdaugh’s wrongdoing had been coming to a head on the time of the killings.
For one, the chief financial officer of his law firm testified she had confronted Murdaugh about lacking funds on the morning of June 7, 2021, hours earlier than the killings. After the murders, the inner investigation into the funds took a backseat.
Second, Murdaugh was dealing with a lawsuit from the household of Mallory Seaside, a 19-year-old who was killed in February 2019 when a ship, owned by Murdaugh and allegedly pushed by Paul, crashed. A listening to in that civil case was scheduled for June 10, 2021, and had the potential to disclose his monetary issues, prosecutors argued.
Maggie was killed by a Blackout rifle and Paul was killed by a shotgun, prosecutor Creighton Waters mentioned, including that each had been household weapons. Testimony from a weapons knowledgeable proved that Blackout rifle bullet casings found close to Maggie’s physique matched casings discovered on different elements of the household’s property.
Waters famous this weapon went lacking and Murdaugh couldn’t account for it.
Paul Murdaugh was killed by pictures from a shotgun, one in every of Paul’s “favourite weapons,” Waters mentioned. Investigators decided that the 2 shells that killed Paul had “class traits” that had been just like a 12-gauge shotgun. Waters added that Alex Murdaugh had this shotgun with him on the evening of the killings and that “Maggie’s DNA and blood” had been discovered on the receiver of the gun.
One of many prosecution’s most compelling pieces of evidence was recorded audio that it mentioned positioned Murdaugh on the crime scene on the evening of the murders. The video focuses on one in every of their canines and seems to have been recorded on the kennels at their household residence in Islandton, South Carolina. Three totally different voices might be heard within the background of the video, and household pals recognized these voices as that of Paul, Maggie and Alex Murdaugh.
A video was filmed on Paul’s cellphone beginning at 8:44 p.m. on June 7, 2021, simply minutes earlier than Paul and Maggie had been shot lifeless, in accordance with Lt. David Britton Dove, a supervisor within the laptop crimes heart on the South Carolina Regulation Enforcement Division.
Murdaugh’s presence there contradicted his authentic declare to investigators that he was not on the kennels that evening, prosecutors mentioned.
Murdaugh “advised anybody who would pay attention he was by no means there,” the prosecution mentioned in opening statements. “The proof will present that he was there. He was on the homicide scene with the 2 victims.”
Murdaugh later admitted to mendacity, testifying throughout the trial that he misled legislation enforcement due to addiction-induced paranoia.