The tense interview played for the jury at the legal scion’s murder trial on Wednesday revealed many discrepancies in his story compared to what he told police on the night of the murders and in his second interview a few days later on June 10. His tale also differed from what other witnesses have since told the jury.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) special agent David Owen told Murdaugh in the taped interview that his timeline ‘doesn’t match up’.
He also established with Murdaugh that he knew he’d changed clothes on the night of the murders – and that ‘family guns’ had been used to execute his wife and son.
Murdaugh, 54, faces up to life in prison of convicted of killing his 52-year-old wife Maggie and their 22-year-old son Paul, whose bodies were found June 7, 2021, near the kennels on the family’s estate. Murdaugh denies the double murder.
Alex Murdaugh was confronted by police about evidence that proved he was at the crime scene minutes before his wife and son were murdered
Murdaugh broke down in floods of tears as he described his last day with son Paul in June 2021
One of the most significant revelations in the August 2021 police interview was that Murdaugh had repeatedly denied being at the dog kennels with Maggie and Paul shortly before they were shot – which video evidence has since disproved.
There were inconsistencies with the timeline of when Murdaugh left his law firm that day and the reason Maggie was called home from the family’s beach house.
He also told police he was at his mother’s house that evening for much longer than her caregiver testified. And he was confronted about his failure to mention he had changed clothes that night prior to this interview.
Prosecutors claim Murdaugh shot his wife and son to death at the dog kennels on the family’s property around 8.50pm on the night of June 7, 2021.
Murdaugh claims he was asleep at the house and when he woke up, he went to visit his mother and was there ’45 minutes, an hour.’ However, caretaker Shelley Smith who previously testified and Murdaugh’s SUV data showed that the visit lasted only 20 minutes.
Murdaugh said he found his wife and son’s bodies when he returned to the estate on Moselle Road.
But Agent Owen confronted Maudaugh with: ‘I’ve got information that Paul was on the phone and Maggie was heard in the background and you were heard in the background, and that was prior to-‘
Murdaugh interjected: ‘Rogan Gibson asked me if I was up there. He said he thought it was me.’
Owen asked what time that was. Murdaugh answered: ‘At 9 o’clock? No sir. Not if my times are right.’
Murdaugh has claimed that the last time he saw Maggie and Paul alive was when they were having supper at the house around 8.15pm.
He told cops he only saw them at the kennels when he arrived back from his mother’s home to find them dead. He called 911 at 10.07pm.
However a video taken at 8.44pm by Paul – just minutes before prosecutors say he and his mother were killed – places Murdaugh at the scene.
Rogan Gibson, who described the Murdaughs as his ‘second family’, testified that he was ‘100 per cent’ certain he could hear Alex’s voice along with those of Paul and Maggie.
He had been talking to Paul throughout the evening and also told jurors that in a phone call with Paul at 8.40pm he could also hear Alex.
Another friend of Paul’s, Will Loving, also testified that in the video from the kennels he was positive he could hear Alex’s voice.
The third interview that has never been seen before was played in court on Wednesday as part of SLED Agent David Owen’s testimony who took the stand this morning.
Owen said Murdaugh called him on July 28 with questions about the investigation and if he could get belongings, including his golf clubs, from his 2021 Chevrolet Suburban because he was about to go on vacation.
Owen testified that he wanted to question Murdaugh again, but he said Murdaugh couldn’t meet right away so the interview was set up for August 11.
During the video, Owen was asked to describe Murdaugh’s reaction when he told him ‘family guns’ had been used in the killings.
‘Nothing,’ he testified.
When Owen asked Murdaugh when he changed his clothes, Murdaugh replied that he doesn’t remember.
Owen said that the 7:38 p.m. Snapchat video on Paul’s phone showed Murdaugh in a blue shirt and khaki pants.
But when Murdaugh was in a white t-shirt and cargo shorts when police arrived on the scene.
‘I guess I changed when I got back to the house,’ Murdaugh replied.
Owen also asked Murdaugh why he called and texted Maggie before leaving Moselle for his mother’s house but did not go down to the kennels to check on her.
Owen said that Murdaugh had mentioned earlier that Maggie was supposed to accompany him to Almeda to visit his mother. But Murdaugh says on the video that he can’t recall those plans.
Three weeks into disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh’s double murder trial, prosecutors have called dozens of witnesses offering wide-ranging – and sometimes disjointed – testimony.
Jurors have heard from the investigators who found the bodies of Murdaugh’s wife and son, and technicians who found gunshot residue, cracked open cellphones to get videos and tested dozens of ammunition casings.
The third interview was played in court on following testimony from SLED Agent David Owen. He’s pictured showing the shoes Murdaugh was seen wearing on night of murders
Owen holds up the cargo shorts Murdaugh was wearing the night of the murders
They’ve heard from betrayed law firm employees, heartbroken friends of Murdaugh and his family, and a man whose insurance settlement was stolen after his mother, the Murdaughs’ housekeeper, died in a fall at their home.
But witnesses have been called in disorganized groups and tantalizing scraps of evidence have been introduced but not explained. The defense hopes to start its case in middle of next week and had planned a week of testimony but is rethinking that because of the trial´s length.
Following the murder trial, Murdaugh will have to face more than 100 additional criminal charges, ranging from drug trafficking to allegations that he stole nearly $9million from clients and other attorneys.
Prosecutors say Murdaugh lured his wife and son to their 1,700-acre hunting lodge and shot them dead.
The state also claims that his life was spiraling out of control amid years of opioid addiction and ballooning debts.
Murdaugh pleaded not guilty in June, and the blockbuster trial is expected to include wild allegations of dark family secrets, financial ruin and hedonistic excess.
In total, over 220 people could testify against Murdaugh in the trial.