Alex Murdaugh's defense squad is expected to remainder Monday aft nan disgraced lawyer spent 2 grueling days past week testifying astatine his double execution proceedings successful Walterboro, South Carolina.
Defense lawyer Dick Harpootlian said Friday day that they had 4 much witnesses, including a crime-scene analyst, past planned to formally extremity their lawsuit by nan early afternoon.
Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters said he expected to person 1 aliases 2 little rebuttal witnesses. Closing arguments could beryllium arsenic early arsenic Wednesday.
Monday marks nan sixth week of nan live-streamed proceedings that has mapped retired nan spectacular downfall of nan powerful scion of what was erstwhile seen arsenic an untouchable ineligible dynasty successful nan Lowcountry of South Carolina.
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Alex Murdaugh answers questions connected nan witnesser guidelines during his execution proceedings astatine nan Colleton County Courthouse successful Walterboro, South Carolina, connected Feb. 24, 2023. (Grace Beahm Alford / Staff)
Murdaugh denied fatally shooting Paul, 22, pinch a shotgun and 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 connected cross-examination.
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"No, I would ne'er wounded Maggie. I would ne'er wounded Paul," he told nan Colleton County jury.
During nan nine-hour grilling that ended Friday afternoon, Waters portrayed Murdaugh arsenic a pill-addled, serial liar who was connected nan verge of a devastating financial reckoning.
Alex Murdaugh, Morgan Doughty, Paul Murdaugh and Maggie Murdaugh. In a Netflix documentary that aired Wednesday, Doughty alleges that Paul physically abused her. (Courtesy of Netflix)
Prosecutors person based on that Murdaugh, successful an enactment of ruthless self-preservation, killed his woman and boy to deflect from his theft of astir $9 cardinal from his rule patient and clients to substance a lavish lifestyle.
The 54-year-old disbarred attorney, who sobbed often during his testimony, admitted connected nan guidelines for nan first clip publically that he had lied to investigators, friends and family astir going to nan canine kennels nan nighttime of nan murders.
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He claimed his two-decade-long opioid addiction made him paranoid and distrustful of investigators – though he willingly sat for 3 abstracted interviews.
Murdaugh only came cleanable aft cellphone video recovered from Paul's telephone successful 2022 placed him astatine nan crime segment minutes earlier nan fatal shootings.
Alex Murdaugh weeps arsenic he testifies Feb. 23 successful his ain defense astatine his double execution proceedings successful Walterboro, South Carolina. (Grace Beahm Alford / The Post and Courier / Pool)
The video, recorded astatine 8:45 p.m., captured Murdaugh and his woman talking successful nan background. Prosecutors opportunity he executed his woman and boy astatine astir 8:49 p.m. erstwhile nan victims' phones locked for nan past time.
"You, for illustration you person done truthful galore times successful your life, had to backmost up and make a caller communicative to fresh pinch nan facts?" Waters asked.
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"No, sir," Murdaugh replied. Waters many times poked holes successful Murdaugh's ever-changing relationship of nan nighttime of nan crime.
Murdaugh pinned nan murders connected a deadly 2019 vessel wreck. Paul drunkenly collapsed his father's vessel into a bridge, sidesplitting 19-year-old Mallory Beach, injuring 4 others and triggering a wrongful decease suit that group disconnected an unthinkable spiral of demolition for nan Murdaugh family.
"I tin show you that astatine that time, and arsenic I beryllium present today, that I judge that vessel wreck is nan logic why PawPaw and Maggie were killed," he said tearfully. "I'm certain."
Murdaugh said that aft Paul was criminally charged successful nan crash, he was vilified successful nan property and received threats connected societal media.
"I judge then, and I judge today, that nan incorrect person, nan incorrect personification saw and publication that," he said, adding that he doesn't fishy that immoderate of nan vessel passengers aliases their families are responsible.
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Waters mocked what he described arsenic Murdaugh's "random vigilantes" theory. These suspects, Waters said, someway happened to cognize Paul and Maggie would beryllium unsocial astatine nan kennels astatine that nonstop clip and had entree to nan family's weapons and ammunition.
Rebecca Rosenberg is simply a seasoned journalist and book writer pinch a attraction connected crime and criminal justice. Email tips to email@example.com and @ReRosenberg.