Bullet debris found in mother’s coat and seatbelt, prosecutor Murdaugh tells jury

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Prosecutors on Wednesday laid the trail of evidence linking Alex Murdaugh to the murder of his wife and son.

Creighton Waters, the lead prosecutor in the state’s case against Murdaugh, told jurors that the evidence they would hear would prove Murdaugh, the disbarred Lowcountry attorney, was responsible for the June 2021 shootings.

Among that evidence, a raincoat that Murdaugh took into his mother’s house about a week after the murders. When investigators found that raincoat, they discovered gunshot residue on the inside of the coat, Waters said.

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The same gunshot residue was also found on the seat belt of Murdaugh’s car, Waters said.

The state will also provide evidence that Murdaugh is at the crime scene of where his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were shot dead, it said.

Neither Paul nor Maggie had any defensive wounds,” Waters told jurors. “They saw no threat coming from their attacker and were shot at extremely close range.”

Evidence prosecutors reviewed Tuesday will also tie the ammunition used to kill Maggie with cartridges fired elsewhere on the property from a gun they believe Murdaugh purchased years earlier, a gun prosecutor who has since gone missing has said.

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It was the opening of what could be a lengthy trial against Murdaugh in the Colleton County Courthouse on charges of murdering his wife and son. Both were found shot to death on June 7, 2021 on the family’s Mosel estate.

Murdaugh told investigators he was visiting his ailing mother at the time of the murders, and discovered the bodies when he returned home. But prosecutors allege Murdaugh killed them as part of a plan to divert attention from a series of shady financial dealings that were about to unravel.

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Murdaugh has yet to be tried or convicted of financial crimes, and it is likely that the defense will object to any evidence presented that claims the murders were motivated by financial misdeeds.

This is an evolving story. Check back later for updates.

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