Paul Murdaugh sent a Snapchat video to several friends just minutes before he was killed, according to a motion filed by the South Carolina state attorney suing Alex Murdaugh, the disgraced former attorney who is on trial starting this week. for the murder of his wife and child.
Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh, 52, and her youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, 22, were found shot dead on the family property in June 2021.
Alex Murdaugh denied involvement in their deaths and pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
Jury selection began on Monday. The trial could last up to three weeks, defense and prosecution lawyers said.
Three generations of the Murdaugh family have served as prosecutors on the South Carolina coast, but a series of deaths and allegations of embezzlement and insurance fraud have toppled the family legacy, drawing the nation’s attention.
The reference to the video in the lawsuit, obtained by CNN affiliate WCSC, appears to be the first mention of the Snapchat video by prosecutors who intend to use it as evidence in their case against Murdaugh.
Snapchat provided the recording as part of a search warrant, the document said.
“Among other things, critical to the case is a video sent to several friends at approximately 7:56 pm on the night of the murders,” the lawsuit said.
“The content of this video is important to prove the case of the head of state,” says the document, written by state prosecutors.
The document does not describe what the content of the video is and its importance to the case is unclear.
In October, CNN reported, prosecutors in court documents said the mother and son were killed between 8:30 pm and 10:06 pm in court documents. The South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement previously reported that the deaths occurred between 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm.
Prosecutor Creighton Waters asked in the motion that a representative of Snapchat, the social media platform that provided the video, “personally testify that the video is a true and accurate record maintained in the ordinary course of business activity.”
Judge Clifton Newman ruled in favor of the motion and issued an order to a Los Angeles district court to compel a Snapchat representative to appear at Murdaugh’s trial beginning on the first day of jury selection.
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