News Alex Murdaugh live trial: Jury hears vital data from Maggie’s phone after focus on family gun

Alex Murdaugh: Who is the disgraced lawyer and why is he on trial?

On Tuesday, the Colton County Court in Walterboro, South Carolina, continued to focus on what Alex Murdaugh said following the murders of his wife and son.

In his second interview with law enforcement — three days after he was accused of shooting Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, on the family estate in Islandton — he appeared to be saying: “I was so mean to him. , referring to his son.

While prosecutors tried to suggest he was at fault, others questioned, with some seeing him saying: “They hit him too hard.”

The jury was also given more information about various ammunition found in property matches used in the murder, as well as details of Murdo’s son’s firearm. Interestingly, prosecutors twice referred to a credit card statement found in the trash that circled purchases from Gucci.

Some of the most intriguing evidence of the day came from a detailed analysis of data from Maggie’s phone, as prosecutors tried to pinpoint the exact time of death from the phone’s event log.

The trial is just one of Mr Murdo’s troubles in a saga spanning botched killer plots, multimillion-dollar fraud schemes and unexplained deaths.


Big question in court: Did Murdo accidentally confess to murder?

On Monday, the Colton County Courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina, played audio from Mr. Murdo’s second interview with law enforcement, revealing for the first time the shocking five-word statement from the disgraced legal heir to the dynasty.

“I was so mean to him,” he seemed to be saying about his son.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 1, 2023 at 02:40


Key revelations from Alex Murdaugh murder trial so far

Rachel Sharp Here’s a list of the most pivotal moments so far from the high-profile trial in Colton County, South Carolina.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 1, 2023 at 01:40


Agent insists Murdo advised him to kill his son

A state agent insisted Tuesday that even as defense attorneys for the disgraced South Carolina attorney slowed down the audio during Murdo’s double-murder trial, he heard possible voices from Alex Murdo. confession.

The question is whether Murdo was referring to “the harm I did to him” or “the harm they did to him” when he sobbed and spoke to state agents in a taped interview three days after his wife and son were killed.

National law enforcement senior agent Jeff Croft testified that he was “100 percent confident” that Murdo said “me”.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 1, 2023 at 00:40


Murdaugh mobile phone data revealed as trial hears details of ammunition found at home

Cellphone data shows Alex Murdaugh called his wife minutes after she was brutally shot – and the ammunition used to kill her and their son matched in the family’s property.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 31, 2023 at 23:40


court adjournment

The court is adjourned until 9.30am on Wednesday, when Lt Dove’s testimony will continue.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 31, 2023 at 22:40


We now continue to log steps using the iPhone’s Health app.

Lt Dove explained that this is not the most accurate data but provides an indication of movement. After unplugging, Maggie’s phone moved 38 steps from 8:17 p.m.

Another 43 steps were recorded between 8.30pm and 8.33pm.

A further 59 steps were taken between 8.53pm and 8.55pm, during which time the direction changed and the camera was turned on for a second, but the phone was not unlocked.

No further steps were recorded until the next day when the phone was collected.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 31, 2023 at 22:39


Then there is a 22 minute gap before the next event log at 9:31pm, at which point the display turns on and off a few times – probably because the phone was moved.

At 9:34 PM, an unread text from Rogan Gibson appears.

At 9:47 p.m., Alex texted, “Call me baby.” The text was not read.

No further activity.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 31, 2023 at 22:31


At 9.04pm, Maggie’s phone received a first call from Alex’s phone, but no one answered.

At 9:06 p.m., the orientation changes to portrait, indicating that the phone is in someone’s hand. Two seconds later, Alex’s call came back to hers, but no one answered.

There is no direction change after that.

About 30 seconds later, Alex made a third call.

At 9:07pm, the screen turns on and off.

At 9:8 p.m., Alex texted that he was going to see his mother. The text is never read.

There is a gap of 2 minutes and 7 seconds between Alex’s call and his text message.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 31, 2023 at 22:26


The phone will remain locked from 8:49pm on June 7, 2021 until 1:10pm the following day.

At 8:53 p.m., the display turns off.

Orientation changes from landscape to portrait and back again. There are corresponding registrations for screen on and screen off.

At 8:54 p.m., the camera was activated for a second, possibly indicating an attempt to unlock the phone using facial recognition.

There’s no record of what the camera shows, but if it’s Maggie’s face, it unlocks. However, it can point to anything.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 31, 2023 at 22:18


Lt Gove discusses the “event history” on a phone — its location data, whether it’s locked or unlocked, screen orientation, etc.

At 8:17 p.m., the phone was unplugged from the charger.

At 8:30 p.m., she visits the fashion site “Poshmark.”

At 8:49 p.m., the screen lights up. This could be a notification or someone moving the phone, such as picking up the phone. The data showed the phone was unlocked and then re-locked. This is the same time a text message from Lynn G came in and was read. We understand the text was received at 8:41pm.

At 8pm, the phone recorded a change in direction. Lt Dove said the change in direction was caused by someone picking up the phone or turning it on purpose. Asked if the phone could register changes in orientation by dropping it, he said that unless the screen is on, nothing will be recorded.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 31, 2023 at 22:09

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