“I did him so bad.”
"It's so bad, I did 'em so bad".. Did Alex Murdaugh confess when talking to law enforcement in his second interview? Or did he say 'they did him so bad'. Cross-examination will be interesting on this…. But the prosecution is going to argue this is a slipped confession.
— Emily D. Baker ⚖️ 💜 (@TheEmilyDBaker) January 30, 2023
A South Carolina detective testified on Monday that this is what Alex Murdaugh said between sobs during a recorded interview three days after the murders of his wife and kid.
On the recording from a police interview that was aired at the notorious attorney’s double murder trial, Murdaugh was asked about a picture of his son’s body, and he allegedly responded, “They did him so terrible.”
Monday’s court session concluded without the defense getting a chance to question the agent under oath.
Murdaugh’s defense attorneys have been challenging the state’s handling of the investigation into the murders of Murdaugh’s wife and kid since early this morning.
Murdaugh, 54, is on trial for the June 7, 2021 murders of his wife and son at their home and hunting camp in Colleton County. His son, 22-year-old Paul, was shot twice by a shotgun near the kennels on the property, and his wife, Maggie, 52, was shot many times by a rifle. If convicted, Murdaugh may spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Murdaugh’s interview with the state agency, which was broadcast on Monday, lasted roughly an hour and took place at his brother’s residence three days after the murders. There was no need to worry, as Murdaugh’s attorney was nearby.
Several times during the film, prosecutors had Senior Special Agent Jeff Croft of the State Law Enforcement Division underline certain points that Murdaugh had made. Murdaugh said at one point that he and his kid had returned from a ride around the property hours before the murders and that his wife was there.
Murdaugh was overheard adding “It’s just so horrible” later in the interview, before making an ambiguous remark that, according to Croft, made it sound like Murdaugh was hinting he had killed his son.
When Croft testified in court, Murdaugh looked to shake his head in disbelief.
In the 2021 recording, Murdaugh begins crying after mentioning a minor argument he had with his wife about visiting her family.
“She was a wonderful girl and a wonderful wife. And she was a great mother,” Murdaugh said.
On Monday, a second state agent testified under cross-examination regarding the extensive evidence gathered from the Murdaugh residence and land.
Officers and crime scene professionals gave testimony similar to that of prior days, presenting facts to the jury that investigators would likely discuss in greater depth at a later time. The prosecution has presented their case as a mystery in their opening statement from last week.
However, during cross-examination, defense attorneys have posed questions implying that either the pieces of the metaphorical puzzle aren’t clear or that prosecutors aren’t laying them all out on the table.
On Friday, Melinda Worley, a special agent with the State Law Enforcement Division, testified about evidence collected from the crime scene, including images of the bodies, shotgun pellets, DNA samples, and clothing and fingernail clippings.
On Monday, defense counsel Dick Harpootlian focused his questions on numerous aspects of the case, including Worley’s expertise in recognising footprints. A deputy left one of his footprints in the blood near where Murdaugh’s son was shot, she informed him.
“Is that the preservation of the scene that your standards require?
” Harpootlian asked.
“Not exactly, no,” Worley responded.
Additionally, Harpootlian had Worley leave the stand to sketch down a rough representation of the gap in the shooting angles between Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.
According to Worley, it can occur if the shooter is also moving.
“One explanation would be movement. One explanation would be two shooters,” Harpootlian said.
When Harpootlian exhibited a photo of his wife’s body and asked Worley if there might have been a shoeprint on his wife’s calf that was not properly documented as the scene was examined, Alex Murdaugh continued to rock and dab his eyes amid more gruesome evidence.
After being asked, Worley claimed she was unsure.
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Croft, one of the lead investigators into the double homicide, testified about weapons, ammunition, and shell casings found at the Murdaugh residence following the murders. He displayed at least four different types of shotguns and rifles to the jury and testified that the Murdaughs kept the firearms loaded in a separate room in their home.
Murdaugh told Croft in the interview that his kid was unfocused and would visit friends and family all across the state, often forgetting to bring his belongings back with him.
“He did that with clothes, he did that with guns he did that with my boats,” Murdaugh said.
In their opening statement, prosecutors stated that while the murder weapons used to shoot Paul and Maggie Murdaugh have not been located, casings found around the house that may have been used for target practice bore marks that matched those found at the scene.
About a hundred other charges have been filed against Alex Murdaugh, including those of money laundering, theft from clients and the family law firm totaling millions of dollars, tax evasion, and attempting to hire a hit man to kill him so that his son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy. B
Before he was charged with murder, he was being held in jail without bail on those counts.
Murdaugh’s life plummeted in a startlingly short amount of time after the murders. His ancestors were prominent prosecutors and private attorneys in the nearby, much smaller county of Hampton, where they secured substantial payouts for victims of accidents and carelessness.