Prosecutors Claim Paul Murdaugh Confronted- Before resting their case on Friday, prosecutors presented evidence that Paul Murdaugh, son of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, questioned his father about medications approximately a month before he and his mother were found dead shot.
Alex Murdaugh is on trial for murdering his wife, Maggie, and younger son, Paul, in June 2021. He denies two murder and two weapons allegations. State prosecutors rested after calling over 60 witnesses.
The state admitted Paul’s father’s May 6, 2021, voicemail on Friday.
“When you come here, we have to talk,” the note added. “Mom found many pill packs in your computer bag.”
Prosecutors said Maggie Murdaugh Googled “white pill 30 on one side rp” the same day on her phone. Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30 mg fits the description. The prosecution stated Maggie deleted her medication searches.
On May 7, 2021, Alex Murdaugh texted his wife, “I am sorry that I do this to all of you,” according to defence counsel Phillip Barber.
On May 26, Maggie Googled “green gel pill p30,” a nonprescription nighttime cold and flu treatment.
An attorney who claimed to be Alex Murdaugh’s best friend testified this month that Murdaugh admitted to drug addiction and stealing from his law company and clients.
Prosecutors have said that Murdaugh killed his wife and son to cover up a series of financial misdeeds.
The defence portrays the defendant as a loving father and husband who called 911 after finding his wife and son and is being prosecuted after a botched investigation. At the same time, the real killers remain at large.
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Earlier this week, the defence told the court that Murdaugh was buying $50,000 worth of narcotics each week from a man who owed a lot of money to a criminal gang, suggesting the killings of Maggie and Paul were tied to a money dispute.
On Friday, the defence called its first two witnesses, including Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey, who estimated Paul and Maggie’s death time at 9 p.m. based on armpit checks. Harvey said that Maggie or Paul might have been shot at 8 or 10 p.m.
Prosecutors have used a video footage they believe was recorded before the shootings to locate Murdaugh at the scene of the crime before the crime.
A law enforcement witness testified earlier in the trial that Paul Murdaugh started filming the minute-long video on his phone at 8:44 p.m. the night of the deaths. According to that prior evidence, the footage showed three voices surrounding the Murdaugh family’s kennels.
Five trial witnesses identified Alex Murdaugh’s voice in the video as the only other voice except Paul and Maggie. On Friday, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigator Peter Rudofski claimed he used General Motors’ latitude, longitude, and speed data to track Murdaugh’s travels on the night of the deaths.
Murdaugh claims he saw Maggie and Paul earlier that evening. Murdaugh claimed they ate dinner, took a nap, then drove to Almeda to visit his mother. When he returned to the family’s Moselle property, he found his wife and son dead and contacted 911.
Rudofski testified that Murdaugh drove by Maggie’s mobile phone’s location on his route to his mother’s house that night.
The investigator said that Murdaugh spent 20 minutes at his parents’ house that night before returning to the Moselle property.
The investigator testified that Murdaugh entered the Moselle property’s front entry at 10 p.m. and went to the family’s dog kennels at 10:05.
The timeline shows Murdaugh contacted 911 20 seconds after arriving.
On the night of the killings, he told detectives that he tried to roll Paul over, check his cell phone, and check both of their pulses before dialling 911.
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