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Newly released murder scene photos have revealed where Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son were brutally gunned down as jurors were shown weapons from the alleged killer’s gun room.

Murdaugh, 54, is accused of shooting his son Paul, 22, with a shotgun, before killing his wife Maggie, 52, with an assault rifle at the family’s 1,700-acre hunting estate in Islandton, South Carolina, on June 7, 2021.

His defense attorney Dick Harpootlian this morning claimed that the distance between where the shots were fired from the two weapons suggested that two killers were at work that night. 

Gruesome images revealed where Paul’s blood spatters were found, lying close to a pair of shotgun shells – two different brands of 12-gauge ammunition – and where Maggie’s body left a pool of blood just a few yards away after two rifle rounds were fired into her head.

Jeff Croft, a senior state law enforcement agent, was called to the stand where he held aloft an AR-15-style rifle and two 12-guage shotguns recovered from Murdaugh’s formidable collection.

The guns are not alleged to have been used in the murders – no murder weapons have ever been found – but prosecutors say the types of ammunition discovered with the guns corresponds to the shells and rounds by Paul and Maggie’s bodies.

Scroll down for live courtroom video. 

WHERE MAGGIE DIED: A pool of blood is seen outside the kennels near the doghouse where Maggie Murdaugh was shot dead with two AR bullets to the head

WHERE MAGGIE DIED: A pool of blood is seen outside the kennels near the doghouse where Maggie Murdaugh was shot dead with two AR bullets to the head 

WHERE PAUL DIED: Blood spatters on the floor inside the storage room at the kennels where Paul Murdaugh was shot dead. He was killed with a shot to the chest and a second to the head. Two shotgun shells were recovered by cops - two 12-gauge shells, two different brands - one Federal, the other Winchester

WHERE PAUL DIED: Blood spatters on the floor inside the storage room at the kennels where Paul Murdaugh was shot dead. He was killed with a shot to the chest and a second to the head. Two shotgun shells were recovered by cops – two 12-gauge shells, two different brands – one Federal, the other Winchester

MURDAUGH GUN CABINET: During his interview with cops, Murdaugh said that there were probably 25 guns on the estate. He said that in addition to the camo shotgun officers took off him when they arrived there were 'all kinds of rifles.' He added: 'I mean you name 'em, we have 'em'

MURDAUGH GUN CABINET: During his interview with cops, Murdaugh said that there were probably 25 guns on the estate. He said that in addition to the camo shotgun officers took off him when they arrived there were ‘all kinds of rifles.’ He added: ‘I mean you name ’em, we have ’em’

Alex Murdaugh arrived at court on Day Six of his double-murder trial hiding his handcuffs under his blazer at the at the Colleton County Court in Walterboro South Carolina on Monday

Alex Murdaugh arrived at court on Day Six of his double-murder trial hiding his handcuffs under his blazer at the at the Colleton County Court in Walterboro South Carolina on Monday

The ammunition contained in the rifle – Sellier & Bellot .300 AAC BLK – was the same type used to kill Maggie, Croft told jurors.

The agent also described finding 12-gauge ammo boxes at the home – among them, Federal and Winchester, the same brands as the two shells found near Paul’s body. 

The defense objected to the evidence, arguing that showing the series of weaponry to jurors was prejudicial to their client.

‘There’s no evidence linking these guns to the crime,’ Harpootlian said.

Prosecutor Creighton Waters argued that they are showing how the search for weapons was conducted and how the weapons were tested thoroughly.

However, Judge Newman sided with the state and overruled the objections.

Prosecutor Creighton Waters and special agent Jeff Croft show jurors an AR-15-style weapon found at the property. The gun was loaded with .300 Blackout ammunition - the same brand that killed Maggie Murdaugh

Prosecutor Creighton Waters and special agent Jeff Croft show jurors an AR-15-style weapon found at the property. The gun was loaded with .300 Blackout ammunition – the same brand that killed Maggie Murdaugh

Jeff Croft, a senior state law enforcement agent, holds up one of the 12-guage shotguns found a the property

Jeff Croft, a senior state law enforcement agent, holds up one of the 12-guage shotguns found a the property

Shotgun shells marked out near where Paul was killed

Shotgun shells marked out near where Paul was killed 

MURDER SCENE: Paul's body lies outside the storage room, while Maggie lies just outside the kennels by the doghouse

MURDER SCENE: Paul’s body lies outside the storage room, while Maggie lies just outside the kennels by the doghouse

KEY FACTS ON DAY SIX OF THE MURDAUGH TRIAL: 

MURDAUGH TELLS COPS ABOUT BOAT ACCIDENT

Murdaugh told 911 about Paul’s boat accident claiming that his son had ‘been threatened for months.’

The first cop to arrive said Murdaugh ‘immediately started telling’ him about the February 2019 accident that left 19-year-old Mallory Beach dead.

‘I know that’s what this is,’ he said.

At the time of Paul’s death, the 22-year-old was facing trial for driving under the influence in the boat crash.

The defense theory is that somebody killed Maggie and Paul Murdaugh as revenge for the accident.

Prosecutors claim Murdaugh deliberately made the comments to divert suspicion away from himself.

MURDAUGH DID NOT CRY

The first responders so far have all agreed that Murdaugh was not crying.

Although he appeared and sounded upset, police officers and firemen have stated that there were no tears in the attorney’s eyes.

Murdaugh’s demeanor will play a central role in the case. Prosecutor Creighton Waters told jurors on the opening day to watch the body worn footage ‘closely.’

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‘Watch those closely. Watch his expressions. Listen to what he’s saying and what he’s not saying,’ Waters said.

Murdaugh sounded lucid throughout his dealings with officers that night, even greeting one by saying: ‘How ya doin?’

The defense has argued that Murdaugh was distraught after the killings and had just hours before been having a ‘bonding experience’ with his son as captured in a Snapchat video taken by Paul with his father.

NO VISIBLE BLOOD ON MURDAUGH – BUT T-SHIRT REVEALS TRACES

Murdaugh had no visible blood on his white t-shirt, first responders have told the court.

Police described seeing pools of blood under the bodies of Maggie and Paul.

His defense attorney, Dick Harpootlian, described to jurors how Paul’s head ‘literally exploded … like a watermelon.’

Murdaugh earlier told 911 he had checked his wife and son’s pulses – but when cops arrived they saw no blood on him.

Jurors heard Friday from Detective Laura Rutland who said Murdaugh was ‘clean’ from head to toe. Rutland added that it looked like Murdaugh had changed following the murders, noting that she found it odd the defendant was sweating but his clothes were ‘dry.’ 

Later, forensic expert Melinda Worley said Murdaugh’s white t-shirt and khaki shorts reacted positive to a test for blood.

However, she admitted that the test can also be triggered by bleach and rust.

GRUESOME GUN WOUNDS OF MAGGIE AND PAUL

Horrifying body cam footage of the ‘butchered’ bodies of Maggie and Paul has been played to jurors.

The 12 men and women have covered their mouths at times while Murdaugh has hunched forward to weep.

Fire chief Barry McRoy told the court that when he arrived Paul’s ‘brains were down by his ankles’ and that he checked neither victim because ‘both had injuries that were incompatible with life.’

The defense argue that given the brutality of these execution-style killings, it is simply ‘not believable’ that Murdaugh – a ‘loving’ husband and father – could have carried them out.

FOOTPRINTS AND TIRE TRACKS ‘NOT PRESERVED’

Murdaugh’s defense team have attacked several first responders already over their failure to preserve footprints and tire tracks found at the scene.

Sgt. Daniel Greene even noted there were multiple tire tracks in the wet grass which were incompatible with the number of vehicles at the property.

He said he did not inform SLED (state law enforcement) about the evidence because it was ‘not part of my job description’.

Harpootlian tore into Greene for failing to take photographs and put anything on his feet to preserve the blood and brains spattered on the ground.

He later ripped another officer for the same reason, telling him: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.’

Despite his failure to preserve evidence, Greene told the attorney he was ‘not aware’ of any evidence being destroyed or contaminated.

MURDAUGH’S CELL PHONE DATA

In the body-worn footage, Murdaugh is heard telling the first cop on the scene that he head been visiting his mother with late stage Alzheimer’s.

He said Maggie and Paul had been at the kennels when he left.

But Waters told jurors that data from ‘cell phones are going to show otherwise.’

The prosecution say that the timeline established by phone pings places Murdaugh at the property when his wife and son were killed. 

The prosecutor stressed that phone records will be critical in the case and the jury will hear that the Murdaughs were ‘prolific’ cell phone users. 

DEFENSE SUGGESTS TWO SHOOTERS KILLED MAGGIE AND PAUL, RIPS POLICE FOR FAILING TO PRESERVE CRIME SCENE

Harpootlian kicked off Monday by suggesting to forensic expert Melinda Worley that Colleton County deputies and first responders had trampled all over the crime scene by the time she arrived – botching the investigation in its first hours.

‘They actually walked into the feed room [of the kennels] where Paul was killed,’ the attorney said.

There was a ‘bloody footprint caused by one of the officers,’ he told Worley.

The forensics officer told him that the first officers at the scene had put down markers in the feed room in order to protect the evidence.

Harpootlian claimed that ‘one reasonable explanation’ provided by footprints and the distance between the shots fired that killed Paul and Maggie was that there were two shooters.

‘There are two people there, there are two guns there, one’s a shotgun, one’s an AR,’ he told the court.

Harpootlian suggested that Paul could have been shot by one perpetrator, while another who was acting as ‘the lookout’ was surprised by Maggie. 

Worley looked bemused, saying ‘I wasn’t there,’ before agreeing with Harpootlian that his theory could be ‘one explanation’ – not ‘the explanation.’

The defense attorney established with Worley that forensics were unable to determine multiple bloody footprints at the scene – as well as a possible footprint on Maggie’s calf.

Asking her about the bloody footprint in the feed room, Harpootlian said: ‘Is that preservation of the scene that your standards require?’

Worley replied: ‘Not exactly, no.’

Harpootlian responded: ‘Not exactly. Should police be walking through the scene?’ 

‘No’, Worley answered. 

The defense attorney then moved to question Worley about large volumes of water found at the crime scene which jurors heard about last week – Paul’s body was saturated with both blood and water.

Harpootlian asked Worley if anyone tested the water for blood or if anyone requested that she do so. She said no. 

The inside of Murdaugh's Chevrolet Suburban. Worley said police found blood in Murdaugh's SUV, along with a 16-gauge shotgun shell in the rear. She told the court the Chevrolet Suburban tested presumptive for blood after swabs were taken from the steering wheel, edge of the driver's seat and lock button.

The inside of Murdaugh’s Chevrolet Suburban. Worley said police found blood in Murdaugh’s SUV, along with a 16-gauge shotgun shell in the rear. She told the court the Chevrolet Suburban tested presumptive for blood after swabs were taken from the steering wheel, edge of the driver’s seat and lock button.

MURDAUGH APPEARED CLEAN WHEN COPS ARRIVED – BUT TRACES OF BLOOD APPEAR ON T-SHIRT

Jurors last week heard how Murdaugh, in his first interview with detectives, said Paul had been attacked and threatened a ‘lot’ after the fatal boat accident.

He then sensationally tried to cast suspicion on a farmhand who bragged to Paul that he was a killer for the FBI.

But jurors Friday heard from Detective Laura Rutland who said Murdaugh was ‘clean’ from head to toe, despite telling them he had touched the blood-soaked bodies of Maggie and Paul – even trying to roll his son over. 

Rutland added that it looked like Murdaugh had changed following the murders, noting that she found it odd the defendant was sweating but his clothes were ‘dry.’ 

Worley said Murdaugh’s white t-shirt and khaki shorts reacted positive to a test for blood.

However, she admitted that the test can also be triggered by bleach and rust.

Forensic evidence of the horrific crime scene was laid out by Rutland who – referring to her notes from the investigation – observed strands of brown hair in Maggie’s hands, as well as what appeared to be scratches and a bruise on Paul’s cheek. 

Other images show drone shots of the crime scene, including the buildings where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh's bloody bodies were found. Maggie was found by the red-roof building

Other images show drone shots of the crime scene, including the buildings where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s bloody bodies were found. Maggie was found by the red-roof building 

NIGHT OF THE MURDER: New images on Friday showed the police body cam footage of Murdaugh (right) wearing a clean white shirt on the night of his wife and son's murder

NIGHT OF THE MURDER: New images on Friday showed the police body cam footage of Murdaugh (right) wearing a clean white shirt on the night of his wife and son’s murder

'I knew it was really bad,' Murdaugh said in the back of a police car as he was interviewed by detectives. 'I could see his brain.'

‘I knew it was really bad,’ Murdaugh said in the back of a police car as he was interviewed by detectives. ‘I could see his brain.’

Worley later described images of pieces of skull, hair strands, blood, tissue and brain matter scattered across the feed room of the kennel where the bodies were found.

Worley said the two shotgun shells recovered at the scene were both 12-gauge shells, but from different brands, one Winchester and the other Federal. 

The forensic expert said she found a .300 Blackout rifle round underneath Maggie’s knee, differing to the shotguns shells around Paul’s body.

The prosecution say Murdaugh first shot Paul twice with a shotgun, hitting him in the chest and head, before shooting Maggie twice in the head with an AR-15-style rifle.

Murdaugh rocked back and forth and cried as Worley described the scene. 

Worley said police found blood in Murdaugh’s SUV, along with a 16-gauge shotgun shell in the rear. She told the court the Chevrolet Suburban tested presumptive for blood after swabs were taken from the steering wheel, edge of the driver’s seat and lock button.

MURDAUGH TELLS COPS PAUL WAS THREATENED AFTER BOAT ACCIDENT 

At 1am on the night of the killings, Murdaugh sat with detectives, telling them his relationship with Paul as ‘as good as it could be’ and he ‘had a wonderful marriage’ with Maggie.

During the 30-minute interview he described at length the threats and violence Paul had suffered in the aftermath of the boating accident.  

Murdaugh said his son ‘didn’t know’ some of the people menacing him because much of it was coming from online due to ‘negative publicity’ from the accident.

He said people had threatened to ‘kick his a**’ and said Paul had gone out in Charleston a couple of months ago and received a black eye.

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Murdaugh describe Paul as a ‘man’s man’ but said he was unable to fight back because he was facing trial over the fatal boat accident. 

The defense theory is that somebody killed Paul and Maggie in revenge for the boating accident in February 2019 that left 19-year-old Mallory Beach (pictured) dead.

Mallory Beach

The defense theory is that somebody killed Paul and Maggie in revenge for the boating accident in February 2019 that left 19-year-old Mallory Beach (pictured) dead.

The defense theory is that somebody else killed Murdaugh's wife and son in revenge for a boat crash (the Murdaugh boat Sea Hunt is pictured) during which Paul had been driving under the influence, killing a 19-year-old woman, in February 2019

The defense theory is that somebody else killed Murdaugh’s wife and son in revenge for a boat crash (the Murdaugh boat Sea Hunt is pictured) during which Paul had been driving under the influence, killing a 19-year-old woman, in February 2019

Bottles and cans of beer found aboard the boat which Paul Murdaugh was driving under the influence

Bottles and cans of beer found aboard the boat which Paul Murdaugh was driving under the influence

MURDAUGH CASTS SUSPICION ON FARMHAND WHO TOLD PAUL HE KILLED BLACK PANTHERS FOR THE FBI 

He then described how farmhand, CB Rowe, had recently confided in Paul that he had ‘killed radical Black Panthers’ while working undercover for the FBI.

Murdaugh told cops: ‘He told Paul a story the other day about how when he was in high school he got in a fight with some black guys.

‘And the FBI undercover team observed him fighting with those guys and put him on an undercover team with three Navy Seals and their job was to kill radical Black Panthers and they did that from Myrtle Beach to Savannah.’

But Murdaugh quickly added: ‘I actually do not think in all honesty it’s him but I know y’all got to talk to him.’

The legal scion said ‘Paul was so taken aback’ by Rowe’s story that he recorded the farmhand on his phone saying some of it.

Murdaugh said that he had hired Rowe at the farm about two months ago but he ‘wasn’t cutting the mustard’ and Paul was having to tidy up a shoddy job the farmhand had done with sunflower fields on the estate. 

Asked about how his son was coping after the boat crash, Murdaugh told cops: ‘I’ve never been prouder of him than the way he’s handled the pressures and adversity in that situation. I mean Paul is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful kid. He can do almost anything. He gets along with almost anybody.’ 

Describing his relationship with Maggie, Murdaugh said they ‘had a wonderful marriage, wonderful relationship.’

Murdaugh arrives at court Monday wearing a checked shirt and long pants, his blazer draped over his cuffs

A sheriff escorts Murdaugh into the courthouse Monday

Murdaugh arrives at court Monday wearing a checked shirt and long pants, his blazer draped over his cuffs

Alex's surviving son Buster and brother John Marvin arrive at court Monday

Alex’s surviving son Buster and brother John Marvin arrive at court Monday

Alex Murdaugh's sister Lynn Murdaugh Goette (center), son Buster (left), Buster's girlfriend Brooklynn White (right) and Alex's brother John Marvin (behind Lynn) arrive at court Monday

Alex Murdaugh’s sister Lynn Murdaugh Goette (center), son Buster (left), Buster’s girlfriend Brooklynn White (right) and Alex’s brother John Marvin (behind Lynn) arrive at court Monday

The trial is taking place at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, a sleepy, rural town 50 miles west of Charleston in a low-lying region of South Carolina over which the Murdaugh family has wielded immense judicial and political power.

Indeed, in the courtroom where Murdaugh faces judgment a portrait of his late grandfather – legendary longtime 14th Circuit Solicitor Buster Murdaugh Jr. – had hung on the wall before it was removed ahead of the trial.

Prosecutors have said Murdaugh killed his wife and child to generate sympathy and distract from his financial crimes, an alleged motive that Murdaugh’s lawyers have argued doesn’t make sense.

But he has adamantly insisted from the moment he found the bodies of his wife and youngest son shot multiple times that he was not the killer. 

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 $9 million from clients and other attorneys. 

Murdaugh claimed he had been visiting his elderly mother who suffers from Alzheimer's and arrived home to find Maggie and Paul dead near the estate's dog kennels

Murdaugh claimed he had been visiting his elderly mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s and arrived home to find Maggie and Paul dead near the estate’s dog kennels

A shed near the dog kennels at Moselle Hunting Lodge where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were gunned down

A shed near the dog kennels at Moselle Hunting Lodge where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were gunned down 

The Murdaugh family, were one of the most prominent family's in South Carolina's Lowcountry, along the state's coastline. They've also been linked to a series of mysterious deaths including the death of a 19-year-old openly gay nursing student Stephen Smith

Alex Murdaugh pictured with his wife Maggie and their two sons Paul (left) and Buster

Prosecutors say Murdaugh lured his wife and son to their 1,700-acre hunting lodge and shot them dead.

The court 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, it was revealed Tuesday. 

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