The prosecution and defense make their opening statements at Murd’s murder trial


WALTERBORO, SC (WSPA) – After three days of jury selection, prosecutors and attorneys for Alex Murd begin to lay out their case in a Colleton County courtroom.

Murd is accused of murdering his wife Maggie and son Paul in June 2021.

During the opening statements, we learned more about their deaths. Chief Prosecutor Creighton Waters of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office said Paul was killed first, then Maggie.

According to Waters, a 12-gauge shotgun was used to kill Paul and an AR-style rifle was used to kill Maggie. He said evidence showed they were shot at close range and neither had defensive wounds.

Jurors will be shown photos from the crime scene and hear from experts. “It will be terrible. There is no other way around it,” Vater said.

He told jurors that key evidence they will present during the trial includes data from Murd’s cell phone. That would show Murdo was in the same area as Maggie and Paul before their cellphones “went silent forever,” Waters told jurors.

He said gunshot residue and other evidence they will present over the next few weeks will link Murdo to the crimes.

“It was a long, exhaustive investigation. It will be quite a long trial because it is complicated. This is a journey. There are a lot of factors in this case,” Waters said.

Murdoch’s attorney, Dick Harputlian, painted a different picture. He said that the state’s case is based on theories.

Harpoulian once described the killings as “horrific” and “destruction” in his opening statement.

He asked Alex to stand and told the jury it was impossible to believe that Murda would kill his son Paul, “the apple of his eye”. A Snapchat video taken before the murders, which will be shown in court, will prove it.

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According to Harputalian, there is no forensic evidence, such as fingerprints or blood, linking his client to the crimes. He said that night investigators decided Murdo was the killer.

β€œThe next morning, two people were found murdered in Colleton County on Moselle Road. The police announce: “Don’t worry. You are all safe. There is no one there who would pose a danger to you.” They decided that night, he (Alex) did it. No forensics, no cell phones, no all that. They’ve been hammering this square peg into a round hole since June 2021.”

In that trial, Murd faces four counts: two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Witnesses will testify from Thursday morning. Jurors are expected to be shown body camera video of law enforcement officers who responded to the family’s property the night of the murders.

The prosecution and defense make their opening statements at Murd’s murder trial

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