Alex Murdaugh’s 911 call came in an hour after arriving at property where son, wife found dead: documents
Disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, suspected of killing his son and wifehe allegedly waited an hour to call 911 after arriving at the home where he told dispatchers he had found them with gunshot wounds last year, according to court documents.
South Carolina investigators released the 911 calls last July, more than a month after 52-year-old Maggie and 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh were found shot to death on the family’s property in Islandton.
In a lawsuit over whether the elder Murdaugh should be forced to offer an alibi this week, prosecutors wrote in court filings that they have evidence that places him at the scene around 8:44 p.m. the night his wife and son were killed.
“[That was] shortly before their phones ceased any significant activity,” Assistant Attorney General of South Carolina Sr. Creighton Waters told the court, making submissions, according to the filing Charlotte-based WCCB News. “And it was around 9:06 p.m. when his car started and he went to Almena. We made that clear to the defense and they, of course, know that the emergency call was at 10:06 p.m.”
The judge ordered Murdaugh to provide an alibi.
The 911 calls were recorded on the evening of June 7, when Murdaugh, with a trembling voice, told a dispatcher that he came home to one of the family’s sprawling Islandton properties to find Paul, 22, and Maggie, 52, on the ground, Fox News Digital previously reported .
“I’ve got the hang of it now, it’s bad,” he says, speaking frantically.
Later in the conversation, when asked if he heard anything or came home and found them, he replied, “I left. I just got back.”
“I need the police and an ambulance right away,” he tells the dispatcher, his voice cracking. “My wife and child were there bad shot.”
At the beginning of the call, the dispatcher asks if the victims are breathing.
“No, ma’am,” Murdaugh replies.
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Paul Murdaugh, at the time of his death, was confronted criminal offense of boating while intoxicated stemmed from an accident in 2019 that killed one of his Mallory Beach friends and injured several others. His father, a former part-time prosecutor, has been charged in civil lawsuits with interfering with the investigation.
And state investigators said that while investigating the murders, they found information that led them to reopen the 2015 case of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, who was found dead on a country road with severe head trauma near another Murdaugh property.
Since then, the elder Murdaugh’s life has seemingly fallen apart. He was disbarred, disbarred from his family law practice and charged with, among other things, financial crimes, a murder-for-hire plot gone awry against himself who would send his second son millions in life insurance, and killing Paul and Maggie.
In the same court filing on Thursday, prosecutors called defense proposal that Curtis Eddie Smith, Murdaugh’s alleged accomplice in the botched murder-for-hire scheme, played some role in the shooting “some scuttlebutt story.”
“Defendant Alex Murdaugh also appears to be pursuing the same goal of prejudicing the public by citing in a public filing some scuttlebutt story that Eddie Smith said he heard about the groundskeeper having an affair with Maggie — a story that defense counsel knows he doesn’t have based on anyone’s personal knowledge or evidentiary fact and is frankly insulting to her memory,” Waters wrote. “It speaks volumes about the defendant’s true motives here with these filings that he would have such salacious content in a prominent place, which adds nothing to the pretrial filing. supposedly about legal issues.”
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