A SNAPCHAT video could be a key piece of evidence in the trial against a lawyer who is accused of killing his wife and son.
Alex Murdaugh’s son Paul sent the Snapchat to friends minutes before his father allegedly killed him execution-style, new court filings have revealed.
Alex Murdaugh, a now disbarred lawyer, will stand trial after he was accused of fatally shooting his wife, Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh, 52, and their youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, 22, at their family home in June 2021.
“Amongst other things, critical to the case is a video sent out to several friends at approximately 7.56pm on the night of the murders,” said the filing written by state prosecutors and obtained by WCSC.
“The contents of this video is important to proving the State’s case in chief.”
Maggie and Paul were murdered between 8.30pm and 10.06pm, according to the court docs.
However, what the Snapchat video shows is unknown to the public at this time.
Snapchat provided the video as part of a search warrant, according to the filing.
Prosecutors asked for a representative from the social media platform to “testify in person that the video is a true and accurate record kept in the normal course of business activity.”
Judge Clifton Newman ruled in favor of this motion and requested that a Los Angeles district court compel a Snapchat rep to be present at the trial starting the first day of jury selection, which began Monday.
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He pleaded not guilty to the murder charges and has denied any involvement in the deaths.
The patriarch was the eighth in a long line of prosecutors dating back to the first elected official over 100 years ago but everything changed when he made a 911 call at 10.07pm on June 7, 2021 to report his wife and son had been shot to death.
Authorities found shell casings at the scene and said Maggie and Paul had been shot several times.
According to a timeline of events, Murdaugh called the police dispatcher and told them he arrived home to find the lifeless bodies of his son and wife.
Direct evidence linking Murdaugh to the deaths has not been released by prosecutors.
DNA from the victims was found on his shirt, which the defense claims came from him rushing to help the victims when he found them.
While prosecutors allege financial problems led to the murders, Murdaugh’s attorneys called accusations that he killed his wife and son over them absurd, The Associated Press reported.
Three months after the killings, Murdaugh was driving and got a flat tire.
He reportedly stopped to change the tire when a man driving by turned around and shot Murdaugh.
The man, identified as 61-year-old Curtis Edward Smith, was arrested on charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
Investigators delved into Murdaugh’s past and found that he had allegedly committed fraudulent business dealings.
He has been in jail on financial crimes charges since October 2021.
Jury selection in the murders trial began on Monday and the trial is expected to last up to three weeks.
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