Alex Murdaugh trial live stream: Defendant’s ‘clean’ clothes at crime scene dispute claim he checked bodies
Alex Murdo: Who is this disgraced lawyer and why is he on trial?
The high-profile Alex Murdo murder trial is now in full swing, and prosecutors are due to call more witnesses to the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro on Friday.
The 54-year-old disgraced heir is accused of shooting his 52-year-old wife Maggie and 22-year-old son Paul at the family estate in Islandon on June 7, 2021. He denies the allegations.
On Thursday, jurors were shown dramatic bodycam footage of the first officers arriving at the scene of the murder.
In the footage, Mr. Murdo can be heard “immediately” offering a motive for why an unknown killer shot his wife and son as soon as Sgt. Daniel Green arrives on the scene.
“It’s a long story. My son was wrecked in a boat,” Mr. Murdo can be heard speaking. – I know what is it.
At the time, Paul was awaiting trial on charges of the fatal 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
The jury also heard the emergency call made by Mr. Murdo that night and heard testimony from other rescuers.
Murder trial is just one of Mr. Murdo’s troubles in a saga spanning a failed hitman plot, multi-million dollar fraud schemes and unexplained deaths.
After an earlier compelling testimony in which prosecutors demonstrated the importance of Mr. Murdo’s cleanliness in connection with his account of his actions in discovering the bodies of his wife and son, Friday afternoon’s hearing moved on to rather banal but necessary procedural evidence.
Agent Worley is still in the dock, literally unpacking all the evidence collected at the scene on the night of the murder. By presenting the physical objects to the jury and the court as a whole, it is likely that these objects will be used later to more concretely construct the narrative of the case against Mr. Murdo.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 20:45
The court takes a break in the afternoon.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 20:35
Watch: DVR video of Alex Murdo’s first interview at the crime scene
The court released the video of the first interrogation of Alex Murdo with the police at the scene of the murder.
These first three clips, courtesy of Law and crimeCathy Rasson, Murdo describes to the officers how he came to find the bodies and tried to turn Paul over.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 20:26
Agent Worley identifies an exhaustive list of projectiles and bullet fragments and notes one found in a dog bed inside a kennel.
Organic material was also found on the front of an ATV near Maggie.
Ms. Worley is an expert on tire prints and analyzed those at the scene from the dog handler’s car. She corroborates earlier testimony that she would not be able to analyze any of the tire prints on the grass noted by rescuers.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 20:09
Murdo trial reveals photos of bloodied dog kennels from crime scene
The photos were presented in evidence Friday when SLED forensic analyst Melinda Worley testified during the third day in Colleton County court in Walterboro, South Carolina.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 20:00
Maggie’s arms were bent at the elbows, one outstretched and the other under her. When her body was moved, a rifle cartridge was found on the ground under her body near her knee.
A total of five bullets were found at the scene.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 19:46
Court sits again
The court is in session again, and the direct examination of SLED agent Melinda Worley continues with questions regarding items found in the aft room that were packaged and taken as evidence.
The interrogation then moves on to Maggie’s body, which was covered in a pink sheet when Agent Worley arrived on the scene.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 19:28
During police interrogation, Murdo tells a strange story about a farmhand who claims to have killed the Black Panthers.
Alex Murdo told a wild story about a farmhand who claimed to be “killing radical Black Panthers” when he was interviewed by law enforcement on the night of the double murder of his wife and son.
Rachel Sharp is following the trial and filed this report.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 19:10
Bodycam shows Murdo’s ‘clean’ shirt despite claims he touched the bloody bodies of his wife and son
Newly released camera footage shows Alex Murdo, dressed in a “clean” white shirt, claiming to have touched the bloodied bodies of his wife and son after he found them shot to death on the family’s South Carolina estate.
Two images released by the Colleton County Court on Friday show Murdo on an Islandton property following the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul.
Rachel Sharp there is a story for Independent.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 18:50
A sobbing Murdo tells the police that he “tried to flip” his son’s body in his first interrogation after the murders.
A sobbing Alex Murdo was heard telling law enforcement how he “tried to turn over” his son’s bloody body after discovering he and his wife had been shot to death on the family estate – as his first police interrogation about the murders was played out in court.
Rachel Sharp reports what the interview revealed.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2023 18:25