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Shirt Alex Murdaugh wore the night his wife and son were murdered ‘destroyed’: Defense


South Carolina officials destroyed the t-shirt Alex Murdaugh was wearing the night his wife and son were shot, making it impossible to dispute claims that it links him to the murders, according to his attorneys.

The disgraced 54-year-old legal scion’s legal team claimed in a 96-page filing on Wednesday that conflicting claims about the shirt are at the heart of a “selective and deceptive leak campaign to convince the public that Murdaugh is guilty before until he is judged”. .”

Prosecutors have hired an unqualified expert, ex-cop Tom Bevel, “to claim that the white cotton t-shirt Mr. Murdaugh wore the night Maggie and Paul were murdered is stained with large splatters of blood. speed, most likely resulting from the shot at Paul”. filing states.

But Bevel’s first report “categorically indicated that the shirt contained no stains consistent with back splatter resulting from a gunshot,” attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin wrote.

The t-shirt Alex Murdaugh wore the night his wife and son were murdered was “destroyed”, his lawyers said.
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“Yet for some reason, without any further evidence, he completely changed his mind after an in-person visit from the manager. [South Carolina Law Enforcement Division] SLED Investigator David Owen,” they wrote.

After that, Bevel suddenly claimed “that the shirt had over 100 stains consistent with splatter in the back from a gunshot,” the filing states.

Murdaugh’s lawyers asked earlier this month to get the shirt for further testing at “an outside lab” – only to be told 13 days later that it had been “destroyed”, the filing said.

Photos of the T-shirt now showed it almost entirely blue, with sections also cut out.

“SLED chose to conduct its testing in a manner that would preclude anyone from performing subsequent testing,” they insisted – which “may well have happened in bad faith, but it could also have been simple gross negligence. “.

Either way, “neither the defense nor Mr. Bevel could test the shirt because the state destroyed it.”

Shirt Alex Murdaugh wore the night his wife and son were murdered ‘destroyed’: Defense
Murdaugh’s lawyers say the shirt is at the heart of a “selective and deceptive leak campaign to convince the public that Murdaugh is guilty before he stands trial.”
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Murdaugh’s legal team also noted that the disgraced lawyer was the one who found his murdered wife and son near a kennel outside one of their homes on June 7 this year. last.

“The murder scene was horrible; there was a large amount of blood on and around their bodies which transferred to Mr. Murdaugh’s hands and clothing as he frantically checked for signs of life,’ they wrote of the high likelihood that he has blood or DNA on him.

“But the state needs evidence of blood spatter because it is extremely difficult to explain how Mr. Murdaugh could have murdered Paul with multiple 12-gauge shotgun blasts at close range in a small closet without having at least minus the blood splatter on his shirt.

“After all, blood splattered the closet door, the walls and the ceiling. So, instead of accepting an honest exculpatory report, the state changed it to a false inculpatory report,” the filing states.

SLED chief Mark Keel told the Post and Courier that his force is “reviewing the request and will respond when appropriate”.

Shirt Alex Murdaugh wore the night his wife and son were murdered ‘destroyed’: Defense
“The murder seen was gruesome,” the dossier said of the night in June last year when Alex’s wife and son were found murdered outside one of their homes.
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South Carolina Attorney General’s Office spokesman Robert Kittle told the outlet that prosecutors will respond in a court filing next week.

Murdaugh – a fourth-generation lawyer from a powerful Southern legal family – has pleaded not guilty to the murders. His trial is due to begin on January 23.

In addition to the double murders, he faces nearly 100 other charges ranging from money laundering and drug-related offenses to stealing clients and trying to stage his own death to get his surviving son a benefit. $10 million life insurance.

Focusing on the case quickly led to his shocking downfall, he admitted to being a drug addict for years and robbing his family law firm.

On Tuesday, a banker accused of helping Murdaugh withdraw money from client legal settlements was found guilty of wire and bank fraud charges in South Carolina.

Former Palmetto State Bank CEO Russell Laffitte has been granted bail pending sentencing at a later date. Each of the six charges he was convicted of in federal court carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

“None of this would have happened without Alex Murdaugh,” prosecutor Emily Limehouse said in her closing statement.

SLED chief Mark Keel told the Post and Courier that his force is “reviewing the request and will respond when appropriate”.

South Carolina Attorney General’s Office spokesman Robert Kittle told the outlet that prosecutors will respond in a court filing next week.

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