Live coverage of Alex Murdaugh trial: Decision on highway shooting testimony emerges after allegation of sister-in-law affair

Bodycam shows Alex Murdaugh as the first officers arrive at the scene of the murders of his wife and child

The judge in Alex Murdaugh’s double murder trial is set to decide today whether or not jurors can hear testimony about the bizarre September 2021 roadside shooting – which later turned out to be a failed plot by the killer.

Three months after the murders of Maggie and Paul on June 7, 2021, the disgraced attorney was ambushed in what he initially claimed was a drive-by shooting. He later confessed to orchestrating the plot along with alleged co-conspirator Curtis “Cousin Eddie” Smith so that his surviving son Buster would inherit a windfall $10 million life insurance policy.

Judge Clifton Newman will hear arguments from the defense and prosecution Wednesday morning regarding the inclusion of evidence – before jurors return to the Colleton County, South Carolina courthouse at 10:30 am ET.

The decision may pave the way for the long-awaited testimony of Mr. Smith – a former client, distant cousin and alleged drug dealer of Mr. Murdaugh.

This comes after a day of graphic and emotional testimonies on Tuesday from the pathologist who examined the bodies, the dog’s caretaker and Maggie’s sister Marian Proctor.

Proctor said that Murdaugh said strange things after the murders and revealed that Maggie suspected him of having an affair years before the murders.

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Buster Murdaugh Hugs His Aunt After Her Heartwarming Testimony

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 14, 2023 10:00 pm

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Key revelations from the Alex Murdaugh murder trial so far

It’s a dramatic saga that now includes murder, a failed assassin’s plot, multi-million dollar fraud schemes and a series of unexplained deaths.

The now exonerated attorney denies the charges and has pleaded not guilty.

Murdaugh’s trial began at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro on January 23.

Here are the key revelations from the trial so far:

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 15, 2023 9:30 am

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Dramatic bodycam footage shows Alex Murdaugh sobbing and asking ‘are they dead’

The footage was taken from the body camera of Colleton County Sheriff’s Sergeant Daniel Greene as he became the first police officer to respond to the scene of the brutal murders on the Murdaugh family’s 1,700-acre property on June 7, 2021.

In the video, the seemingly upset legal descendant is seen repeatedly asking the officer if his wife Maggie and son Paul are dead and asking “did you check” their bodies to see if they are still alive.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 15, 2023 7:30 am

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Murdaugh set to testify in murder trial, reports say

Alex Murdaugh is expected to testify at his trial for the alleged double murders of his son and wife, according to new reports.

Murdaugh is accused of fatally shooting his wife Maggie and son Paul on the family’s sprawling 1,700-acre estate in Islandton, South Carolina, on the night of June 7, 2021. The prosecution argued in court that the disgraced legal heir committed the murders to distract him from his growing financial and legal scandals.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 15, 2023 5:30 am

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How a garden hose became key evidence in the Murdaugh murder trial

The man who cared for the dogs at Alex Murdaugh’s home testified Tuesday during the lawyer’s double-murder trial that the puddles of water weren’t where they should have been and the dogs were in the wrong kennels when police arrived after the son and Murdaugh’s wife were killed. .

But under cross-examination, Dale Davis acknowledged that the hose, which he said he painstakingly hung up before leaving the afternoon of the murders, could be seen on the floor in a video that investigators said was taken shortly before the shooting.

Hose becomes key evidence in Alex Murdaugh murder trial

The man who took care of Alex Murdaugh’s dogs testified Tuesday during the lawyer’s double-murder trial that puddles of water were not where they should have been when police responded to the murders of Murdaugh’s son and wife.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 15, 2023 1:30 am

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Watch: Pathologist Discusses Paul Murdaugh’s Fatal Wounds

Murdaugh Trial: Doctor Discusses Paul Murdaugh’s Fatal Injuries WARNING: GRAPHIC MATERIAL

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 15, 2023 00:30

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Maggie Murdaugh’s Sister Says Alex Said His Wife And Son Didn’t Suffer In Horrific Murders

Maggie Murdaugh’s sister has revealed how Alex Murdaugh assured her that his wife and son didn’t suffer when they were brutally murdered.

Questioned by the prosecution, Ms. Proctor recounted the moment she discovered that her sister and nephew had been killed. Mrs. Proctor was thrilled to testify that she was initially unable to wrap up the tragedy and thought there must have been a mistake.

Andrea Blanco reports on your testimony.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 14, 2023 11:30 pm

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Watch: Maggie Murdaugh’s sister gives emotional testimony at trial

Murdaugh trial: emotional testimony from Maggie Murdaugh’s sister

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 14, 2023 10:30 pm

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The prosecution wants to play a taped statement by Murdaugh admitting that Cousin Eddie shot him in the head on the side of the road and wanted to die so Buster could get life insurance. The insurance company wouldn’t pay if it was a suicide.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 14, 2023 21:56

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The defense tells Judge Newman that the defendant admitted to the circumstances of the roadside shooting – Cousin Eddie was asked to shoot him in the head so that Buster could collect $10 million in insurance money.

Prosecutors respond by saying Murdaugh lied that day, which proves intent.

Harpootlian responds, β€œHe didn’t want to do it to gain sympathy. He did it because he wanted to be dead.

He adds that Cousin Eddie gave “no less” than six versions of the day’s events.

β€œI look forward to questioning Eddie Smith.”

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 14, 2023 21:54

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