Alex Murdaugh’s story appears to change during murder trial
Disgraced South Carolina Attorney Alex Murdau testified Friday that he cooperated with police in every way he could except the last time he saw his wife and son alive during a double-murder trial. bottom.
Murdoh returned to the stand for his own defense on the second day, and prosecutor Clayton Waters said he repeatedly told Murdoh’s “new story” about what happened in the kennel where the body was found the night of the murder. I made the defendant explain what I called. .
Twenty months after the June 2021 killings, Murdau claimed he was never in the kennel. But more than a year later, a state investigator hacked his son’s iPhone, the victim stopped using his cell phone, and less than five minutes after he thought prosecutors were shot. I found a video of Alex with his Murdo voice.
Waters asked Murdow what he meant by what he said to the jury on Thursday.
“Aside from lying to them about going to the kennel, I was cooperative in every aspect of this investigation,” Murdoh said.
“Extremely supportive, except perhaps the most important fact: You were at the scene of the murder minutes before the victim died,” Waters replied.
Murdoh, 54, has been charged with murdering his wife, Maggie, 52, and their son, Paul, 22. If convicted, he faces 30 years in prison.
Waters said this was all new to investigators as he tried to get details from Murdow about what happened during the kennel visit and only admitted in court on Thursday.
Details are important. The video ended just before 8:46 p.m., and Paul and Maggie Murdau stopped using their cell phones about three minutes later.
Murdoh couldn’t remember the blood on his hands when he pulled the dead chicken out of the dog’s mouth, or the last words he said to his son and wife, or how long he had been in the kennel.
“There would have been some exchange,” said Murdoh.
According to Waters, Murdoh seemed to remember a lot of details when details mattered, but not when they could get him into trouble.
“Now that you know these facts, do you not agree with my characterization of having a photographic memory for the details that must fit, but being vague about other things that complicate it?” Waters said.
After a short visit to the kennel on Friday, Murdau drove back to his family’s home in a golf cart about 1,150 feet (350 meters) away, lay down for a few minutes, then got up to visit his ailing mother around 9:00. said he was ready to She was 2pm, a time confirmed by her phone’s step data, which she didn’t have at the kennel.
Waters does not directly ask Murdo if he killed his wife or son, or who killed them. Tears rolled down Murdoh’s cheeks on Thursday’s stand when a lawyer asked if he blew his son’s brain out or shot his wife several times.
“I would never intentionally hurt either of them,” Murdow said.
Up to the kennel question, much of Murdoh’s cross-examination centered on how he stole money from clients and his law firm, and an opioid addiction that Murdoh said led to the theft.
Prosecutors said Murdoh killed his wife and son to gain sympathy to buy time as his financial misconduct was about to be exposed. In a question Thursday from , he categorically denied killing them.
Murdow avoided a “yes” or “no” answer on cross-examination, instead repeating the question and launching a tortuous response bordering on the prosecutor’s question.
An outraged Waters again asked Murdo if he looked his customers in the eye before stealing from them.
“They are real people. They are good people. They are all people I care about. I did,” Murdoh said, repeating one version of his popular answer.
“You hurt people you love, I know,” Waters replied negatively.
Murdoh has been charged with nearly 100 other crimes, ranging from stealing from customers to tax evasion. Because he is being held without bail on these charges, even if he is acquitted of the murder charges, he will not come out of court as a free man. If he does, Murdoh will likely spend decades in prison.