Jurors successful Alex Murdaugh's double execution proceedings will spell connected a section travel to Moselle, South Carolina, nan sprawling hunting property wherever Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were changeable to death, a judge ruled Monday.
The sojourn to nan 1,700-acre spot successful Islandton, South Carolina, came astatine nan petition of nan defense squad astatine nan tail extremity of nan trial.
"We judge it would beryllium useful for nan assemblage to sojourn Moselle, some nan area of nan kennels and nan house, conscionable to get immoderate knowing of nan spacial relationships," lawyer Dick Harpootlian told Judge Clifton Newman earlier nan assemblage entered nan Colleton County courtroom.
Newman granted nan petition but did not specify erstwhile nan astir 20-minute thrust location would return place.
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Alex Murdaugh becomes affectional Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, arsenic he testifies astatine his double execution trial. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post and Courier/ pool)
Harpootlian besides complained that location were dozens of trespassers astatine nan spot complete nan play "to return selfies successful beforehand of nan provender room," and nan sheriff had to beryllium called to pursuit nan gawkers away. He asked that nan segment beryllium secured for nan visit.
The assemblage returned to nan courtroom and nan defense called Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat, a forensic pathologist, arsenic their 12th witness.
Murdaugh's squad is expected to telephone 2 much witnesses Monday past remainder their case.
Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters said he expected to person astatine slightest 4 rebuttal witnesses and wrap up their lawsuit by Tuesday afternoon. Closing arguments could beryllium arsenic early arsenic Wednesday.
Prosecutor Creighton Waters questions Alex Murdaugh during Murdaugh’s execution proceedings astatine nan Colleton County Courthouse successful Walterboro, South Carolina, Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. (Grace Beahm Alford/Staff)
Monday marked nan sixth week of nan live-streamed proceedings that has mapped retired nan spectacular downfall of nan powerful scion of a ineligible dynasty that was erstwhile seen arsenic untouchable successful South Carolina's Lowcountry.
Murdaugh denied fatally shooting his boy Paul, 22, pinch a shotgun and his woman Maggie, 52, pinch a firearm adjacent nan canine kennels astatine nan family's hunting property successful Islandton erstwhile he took nan guidelines Thursday successful his ain defense.
"Mr. Murdaugh, are you a family annihilator?" Waters asked during a sadistic nine-hour cross-examination that spanned 2 days.
"No, I would ne'er wounded Maggie. I would ne'er wounded Paul," he told jurors.
From near to right, Buster, Paul, Alex and Maggie Murdaugh airs together connected a sportfishing boat. (Facebook)
Waters portrayed Murdaugh arsenic a pill-addled, serial liar who was connected nan verge of a devastating financial reckoning.
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He hammered nan disbarred lawyer astir his ever-changing relationship of nan nighttime of nan murders – including initially claiming he was not pinch his woman and boy successful nan minutes earlier they were fatally changeable until investigators recovered a video that contradicted his alibi.
A video recovered connected Paul's phone placed Murdaugh astatine nan segment astatine 8:45 p.m. Prosecutors opportunity some victims were changeable to decease pinch family weapons astatine astir 8:50 p.m.
Alex Murdaugh listens arsenic witnesser Jeanne Seckinger testifies successful nan double execution proceedings of Alex Murdaugh astatine nan Colleton County Courthouse successful Walterboro, South Carolina. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool)
"The 2nd that you're confronted pinch facts that you can't deny, you instantly travel up pinch a caller lie?" Waters challenged Murdaugh. "Isn't that correct?"
"Mr. Waters, arsenic we person established, I person lied galore times," Murdaugh replied.
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