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LIVE FEED – ‘Murdaugh Murders’ Trial: Day Four

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Welcome back to our live feed from the double homicide trial at the heart of the ‘Murdaugh Murders‘ crime and corruption saga in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Today is day number four – which will feature the first evidence and testimony in the state’s case against Alex Murdaugh, who stands accused of killing his wife, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, and youngest son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh on his family’s hunting property in Colleton County on June 7, 2021.

For yesterday’s daily feed, click here.

Once the jurors are selected, S.C. circuit court judge Clifton Newman will invite the state’s lead prosecutor, Creighton Waters, to make his opening statement. Once Waters has finished, Murdaugh’s lead attorney Dick Harpootlian will deliver his opening statement.

Below is our live feed from the day four of the trial …

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LIVE UPDATES …

9:50 p.m. EST Jenn Wood and I breaking down the first day of testimony …

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8:35 p.m. EST – Some of the first exhibits from today’s testimony are now apparently on Twitter …

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Alex Murdaugh appears on a body-worn camera the night of his wife and son’s murders (Colleton County Sheriff’s Office)

5:33 p.m. EST – Court adjourned for the day …

5:26 p.m. EST – Harpootlian is now asking Chapman multiple questions about investigatory steps taken in the aftermath of the murders by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – the lead agency on this case – after receiving a search warrant for all 1,700 acres of the Moselle property.

Harpootlian strongly implied SLED failed to diligently search the property in search of “trace evidence” – including clothes belonging to Alex Murdaugh.

5:22 p.m. EST – Chapman tells Harpootlian that issuing a statement indicating “no danger to the public” was a “big no-no” and that he was not consulted on the statement and would not have approved it.

5:19 p.m. EST – Here we go … the “rush to judgment” narrative is about to get rolling. Dick Harpootlian is reading the statement originally issued by the Colleton County sheriff’s department indicating “at this time, there is no danger to the public” in the immediate aftermath of the shootings. This statement was provided to our news outlet on June 8, 2021 – the day after the killings. Here is that article …

4:53 p.m. EST – Harpootlian continuing to drive on the purported failure of the first responders to notify their command of the tire tracks visible on one of the bodycam recordings.

4:51 p.m. EST – Harpootlian zeroing in on Chapman’s description of Alex Murdaugh’s “noted change of demeanor.”

4:50 p.m. EST – Harpootlian coming off as much more genteel and polite in addressing Chapman than previous witnesses. Someone must have told him during the break to lighten up … (Will Folks).

4:49 p.m. EST – Murdaugh’s lead attorney Dick Harpootlian is now cross-examining captain Jason Chapman of the Colleton County sheriff’s department.

4:48 p.m. EST – Thank you, Becky Lee!

4:38 p.m. EST – Really hard to follow this testimony of the overhead images of the Moselle site without being able to see them. Retired law professor Jay Bender is my friend – and a friend of transparency in South Carolina – but he has GOT to do better advocating on behalf of the media in this case. Every day the restrictions on our ability to cover these proceedings grow more draconian.

4:34 p.m. EST – Chapman is looking at a pictures of footprints – “shoe impressions along the wall” of the former aircraft hangar at Moselle.

4:32 p.m. EST – Prosecutor David Fernandez asking Chapman repeated questions about the overhead view of the Moselle hunting property and where various tire tracks and footprints were located.

4:22 p.m. EST – A quick point of clarification: Attorneys for Chris Wilson – a Lowcountry attorney and friend of Alex Murdaugh – is NOT the Chris Wilson who registered a complaint with judge Clifton Newman about a certain media outlet tweeting details of the jurors yesterday (1/25/2023)

4:20 p.m. EST – Court is back in session.

4:16 p.m. EST – Thank you so much to Charlie James of WORD 106.3 FM in Greenville, S.C. for having me on their show this afternoon. Great questions as the South Carolina Upstate is clearly following this case VERY closely.

3:59 p.m. EST – Court is in recess …

3:57 p.m. EST – Interesting question. Prosecutor David Fernandez asked Chapman to weigh in on whether Alex Murdaugh seemed more “fixated” on one victim versus another. He responded that Murdaugh seemed to be more focused on his son, Paul.

3:49 p.m. EST – Some tweets of interest …

FYI … you say “best wishes” to a bride. Not “congratulations.”

3:47 p.m. EST – Fernandez takes another swipe at Alex Murdaugh’s prior statements, eliciting testimony from Chapman saying there would be no way for him to have checked Paul Murdaugh’s pulse – as he claimed – without getting blood on his hands.

No blood was visible on Murdaugh.

3:42 p.m. EST – Chapman described Alex Murdaugh as “in torment.”

3:40 p.m. EST – According to Chapman, the Moselle crime scene was on the second one he had worked involving .300 blackout ammunition.

3:38 p.m. EST – This news outlet has received photographs of the crime scene to include the image of the cell phone placed over Paul Murdaugh’s back pocket. In accordance with judge Clifton Newman‘s orders, we are not publishing any of those photos – however this news outlet is going to aggressively challenge what I believe to be increasingly restrictive prohibitions placed on the media in this case (Will Folks).

3:36 p.m. EST – Fernandez now asking about the cell phone found on Paul Murdaugh’s “backside.”

3:35 p.m. EST – Chapman describing the graphic nature of Paul Murdaugh’s head wounds.

“The majority of the head is gone …”

3:30 pm. EST – Chapman now discussing how he had officers lift the sheet over the body of Paul Murdaugh to make sure that there was not the “barrel of a gun” under this body.

3:20 p.m. EST – Chapman is describing the process by which local law enforcement handed the case over to SLED.

3:08 p.m. ESTJason Chapman – a captain with the Colleton County sheriff’s office – is now on the stand. He is being questioned by assistant attorney general David Fernandez.

3:00 p.m. EST – Defense attorney Dick Harpootlian now questioning Barry McCoy of Colleton fire and rescue. Harpootlian asks him to describe Alex Murdaugh’s demeanor. Says he was “very distraught.”

2:59 p.m. EST – McCoy now graphically describing the wounds sustained by Maggie Murdaugh – specifically her head wounds. Says they were “not sustainable” for life.

2:56 p.m. EST – McCoy graphically describes the shotgun wound Paul Murdaugh sustained: “There is substantial damage to his head … and what appears to be his brain down around his ankles.”

Goude asks McCoy to clarify …

He confirms that yes, the picture depicts Murdaugh’s brain “down by his feet.”

2:55 p.m. EST – Savanna Goude introducing multiple exhibits now, including several sealed files … presenting them to McCoy and getting him to describe them to the jury.

2:54 p.m. EST – LOL …

2:50 p.m. EST – Taking a quick break from the seriousness of this situation, prosecutor Savanna Goude‘s Southern drawl is positively mellifluous. Why should we care? Because my guess is it will play very well with the jury. (Will Folks).

2:49 p.m. EST – The state is calling its fifth witness, Colleton County fire and rescue director Barry McCoy. He is the third witness to be questioned by Savanna Goude.

2:45 p.m. EST – Just gotta say, the Colleton County dispatcher did an amazing job of asking relevant questions and keeping an even tone in a difficult situation.

2:41 p.m. EST – This full, unedited 9-1-1 call has a lot more information in it than the redacted one released in July 2021. For example, Alex Murdaugh tells dispatcher “my son was in a boat wreck he’s been threatened for months and months and months.” This was obviously PRIOR to Murdaugh telling the same thing to sergeant Daniel Greene, the first responding officer who testified earlier.

2:38 p.m. EST – Murdaugh sobbing in court as the 9-1-1 call is played.

2:35 p.m. EST – Colleton County dispatcher captain Angela Stallings is now on the stand. She is also being questioned by Goude.

2:31 p.m. EST – Prosecution – this time led by second chair Savanna Goude — is playing the 9-1-1 call from Moselle.

Here is our report on that call …

2:26 p.m. EST – Hampton County emergency dispatcher Tinish Bryson-Smith now testifying …

2:21 p.m. EST – Court is back in session …

1:46 p.m. EST – Further thoughts on the first two witnesses called …

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1:40 p.m. EST – My thoughts …

12:57 p.m. EST – Dick Harpootlian has no further questions.

12:56 p.m. EST – McDowell states that Murdaugh appeared visibly upset to him while he was on scene.

12:54 p.m. EST – McDowell testifies that his role on the scene was as a first responder and that he would have been unable to render aid as Maggie and Paul were deceased.

12:52 p.m. EST – McDowell tells Harpootlian the casings from the 300 blackout were to the right of the door.

12:50 p.m. EST – McDowell testifies that they were trying to mark evidence for the investigators. He tells Harpootlian that he was very careful not to disturb the scene.

12:47 p.m. EST – Harpootlian asks if any of the officers on the scene had discussed the possibility of this being a murder/suicide. McDowell states he did not believe so.

12:46 p.m. EST – McDowell testifies that his primary purpose on the scene was to secure the scene. He states they pulled the sheet back on the video to look for another weapon.

Corporal Chad McDowell of the Colleton County sheriff’s department testifies (Grace Beahm Alford/ Pool)

12:45 p.m. EST – Waters has completed his examination of Corporal McDowell. Dick Harpootlian has begun his cross-examination.

12:43 p.m. EST – Waters asks McDowell if how Paul was positioned in a photo entered into the exhibit was how he was found at the scene. McDowell confirms that it was and that his hands were beneath him.

12:40 p.m. EST – Corporal McDowell testifies that he recalled a cell phone was laying on Paul Murdaugh’s rear end. He identifies it in the video.

12:36 p.m. EST – From audio of BWC, McDowell states, “I don’t think there will be anything for me and Evo to do here.” He clarifies to Waters that he meant there was no article search that needed to be done right then and there. Putting Evo on the ground would have caused more of a disturbance than leaving him up.

12:34 p.m. EST – Corporal McDowell testifies he did not disturbed the location of any of the shell casings he marked that night.

12:32 p.m. EST – Corporal McDowell testifies that he recognized the 300 blackout casing because he owns one as well. He tells Waters he marked the casing to ensure it was preserved by placing the tape beside it and a rock over it so it didn’t blow away.

12:29 p.m. EST – In the audio, Corporal McDowell asks the fire and rescue team not to disturb anything on the scene as SLED was on the way. He is told they are covering the bodies with sheets as the family was there.

12:27 p.m. EST – Corporal McDowell states the individuals in the background of his video are Sgt. Greene and Alex Murdaugh. Murdaugh greets Corporal McDowell by saying, “How are you doing?” He is heard providing details about Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

12:26 p.m. EST – Corporal McDowell testifies that when he got the call to respond to Moselle he ran lights and sirens. It took him about 10 minutes to respond to the scene.

12:25 p.m. EST – Creighton Waters enters Corporal McDowell’s body camera footage into evidence.

12:24 p.m. EST – Corporal McDowell testifies that Sgt. Greene and one fire and rescue team were at Moselle when he arrived. McDowell entered the scene via the driveway by the kennels.

12:22 p.m. EST – Corporal McDowell tells Waters that his canine, Evo, was with him when he responded to Moselle on June 7, 2021.

Corporal Chad McDowell with his canine, Evo

12:20 p.m. EST – Corporal Chad McDowell is called to the stand. McDowell tells Creighton Waters that he works for Colleton County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol canine handler.

12:18 p.m. EST – Dick Harpootlian is questioning Sgt. Greene again. He testifies that it was humid that night and there was dew on the ground. Judge Newman tells Greene he may step down from the stand.

12:14 p.m. EST – Sgt. Greene testifies that Murdaugh mentioned the boat crash almost immediately.

12:12 p.m. EST – Audio is played from body-worn camera.. Murdaugh states only two sets of tracks were his from when he came in and out of the drive.

12:10 p.m. EST – Sgt. Greene states he did not unload the weapon that was leaned against Murdaugh’s vehicle.

12:07 p.m. EST – Creighton Waters has begun his re-direct of Sgt. Greene.

12:05 p.m. EST – Greene testifies that no officers should have driven beyond the crime scene tape. Harpootlian asks if the tire tracks of responding officers would have obliterated the tire tracks of the killer. He says it’s possible.

12:03 p.m. EST – Harpootlian asks Sgt. Greene if he believes the officers under him contaminated the scene. Greene testifies officers know not to contaminate evidence.

12:00 p.m. EST – Harpootlian asks Greene if his officers put protective gear on their feet when entering the crime scene. Greene testifies they did not as it is not a part of their procedures. He testifies he did not see bloody footprints.

11:58 a.m. EST – Greene testifies that it was apparent Maggie Murdaugh was deceased. He states Murdaugh was very concerned they make sure Maggie and Paul were indeed deceased.

11:55 a.m. EST – Greene testifies that it was very clear to him that Paul’s injuries were catastrophic.

11:52 a.m EST – Harpootlian moves on to question Sgt. Greene about his efforts to preserve the crime scene. Greene states his job was to put crime scene tape around the scene. He testifies that other officers were marking evidence with crime scene tape. Greene testifies that himself and other officers were walking through the crime scene during their efforts to preserve the crime scene.

11:48 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene testifies that Murdaugh told Greene on June 7, 2021 that there were threats made against Paul regarding the boat crash. Harpootlian asks if Murdaugh indicated he had even gotten into a fight about the boat crash. Greene states that he believes Murdaugh said Paul had been punched.

11:45 a.m. EST – Harpootlian asks Greene if he was told by fire and rescue on the scene that there were footprints behind the trailer. Greene replies, “yes.” He then asks Greene about when he questions Murdaugh about the tire tracks coming and going at the scene. Greene tells Harpootlian that Murdaugh told him they were not his tire tracks.

11:43 a.m. EST – Creighton Waters is objecting to a transcript of the BWC audio being provided.

11:40 a.m. EST – Harpootlian asks Sgt. Green about the footprints at the scene. Greene states he did not point out the footprints to SLED or take pictures of them.

11:37 a.m. EST – Harpootlian questions Sgt. Greene about the multiple tire tracks at the scene. Greene tells him that he’s not sure that anyone on the scene pointed them out to him, but that he just saw them. When asked what Greene did to preserve those tire tracks, Greene responds he did nothing. He did not take pictures of the tracks or instruct anyone to take pictures as it was not his job.

11:35 a.m. EST – Harpootlian asks about the multiple shotgun rounds found around Maggie Murdaugh’s body. Sgt. Greene corrects him and says they are not shotgun shells but casing.

11:33 a.m. EST – Harpootlian asks Sgt. Greene about the discussions between the officers on the BWC footage of the theory that Paul Murdaugh had shot his mother and then shot himself.

11:32 a.m. EST – Harpootlian questioning the shotgun shells loaded in the shotgun. 16 gauge shotgun shells were loaded into the 12 gauge shotgun that was leaning against Murdaugh’s car on June 7, 2021.

11:29 a.m. EST – Harpootlian asking Sgt. Greene about the shotgun leaning against Murdaugh’s vehicle when Sgt. Greene arrived. He asks Greene about the chain of custody with the shotgun and the shells. Greene responds that he released the shotgun to the SLED agent who took custody of it and was unaware of any shells inside the shotgun when he handed it over.

Chain of Custody definition from the National Institute of Justice:

“The chain of custody is a tracking record beginning with detailed scene notes that describe where the evidence was received or collected. Collection techniques, preservation, packaging, transportation, storage and creation of the inventory list are all part of the process used in establishing the chain of custody. The chain of custody is established whenever an investigator takes custody of evidence at a crime scene. The chain is maintained when evidence is received from another officer or detective.”

National Institute of Justice


11:27 a.m. EST – Not entirely sure where Harpootlian is going with the water. Anxious to see where this goes… He does seem a little baffled by the technology to play the video.

11:26 a.m. EST – Harpootlian is questioning Greene about the water inside and outside the kennels on June 7, 2021. Creighton Waters has objected to Harpootlian asking Sgt. Greene a question while playing a video. Judge Newman agrees.

11:24 a.m. EST Dick Harpootlian has begun his cross examination of Sgt. Daniel Greene.

11:22 a.m. EST – Court has resumed.

11:09 a.m. EST – Court is on a brief recess prior to cross examination by the defense.

11:01 a.m. EST – Waters tells Sgt. Greene that they have played the relevant part of the videos and they are now discussing the rest of the evening of June 7, 2021 at the scene.

10:58 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene tells Waters that in the video a dead chicken can be seen on top of the dog crates. Click here to read FITSNews article regarding the final snapchat video taken by Paul Murdaugh published on January 25, 2023.

10:54 a.m. EST – Waters asks if they saw a phone near Paul Murdaugh’s body. Greene states his phone was laying outside of his dad’s pocket. Click here to read FITSNews article regarding the crime scene from December 5, 2022.

10:48 a.m. EST – Below is the redacted CAD report released by SLED following the homicides:

10:46 a.m. EST – Waters asks Sgt. Greene what he was doing on the body camera footage when accessing his computer in the car. Greene tells Waters he was pulling information about what law enforcement officers had arrived and at what time for the crime scene log. Greene tells Waters he arrived at the scene at 10:26 p.m. on June 7, 2021.

10:43 a.m. EST – In BWC audio, you can hear Alex’s brother arriving to the scene. Sgt. Greene and Deputy Pruitt were discussing someone who had arrived on the scene to speak to Alex. Greene states that people who arrived were allowed to go see Murdaugh. He confirms Murdaugh was not in custody at any time.

10:41 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene identifies Detective Tindell, Captain Chapman, and Barry McCroy who work for Colleton County Fire and Rescue.

10:39 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene explains that the terminology in the video “Whiskey Mike” and “Whiskey Fox” mean white male and white female. They were referring to Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.

10:37 a.m. EST – Judge Newman instructs Sgt. Greene to speak louder or to have the clerk increase the volume on the microphone.

10:35 a.m. EST – In audio you can hear the officers discuss starting a crime scene log. Sgt. Pruitt describes the purpose of a crime scene log which is to document the person, time and purpose of anyone entering and leaving the crime scene.

10:31 a.m. EST – Audio playing on BWC, you can hear one officer tell another Alex was calling his family. He tells Waters that he did not know the Murdaugh’s prior to June 7, 2021.

10:30 a.m. EST – Greene tells Waters that the deputies on the scene were placing pieces of crime scene tape over evidence until the crime scene team arrived with official markers.

10:29 a.m. EST – Greene says Murdaugh was standing a distance away from the scene at this point.

10:27 a.m. EST – Greene tells Waters that the vehicle they are approaching in the video is the black Suburban that Alex claims was his. He identifies Maggie’s body in the video stating it was covered up by a sheet at the point.

10:36 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene explains to Waters that he believed there were a lot of tire tracks. Alex tells him in the footage only two of them are from his vehicle. Alex also told Sgt. Greene that he saw Maggie and Paul about 45 mins before he left for Almeda.

10:24 a.m. EST – Dogs are heard in the background of the audio. Waters asks Greene what the officer in the background of the tape is doing. Greene states it is Deputy Pruitt putting up crime scene tape to preserve the tape. He states he could see shell casings around Maggie’s body though you cannot see that on the BWC footage.

10:22 a.m. EST – In BWC footage audio you can hear Alex Murdaugh answering questions regarding Maggie and Paul. Sgt. Greene states he seemed panicked and breathing heavily.

10:16 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene explains the basics of when bodycams are employed, before Waters rolls footage of Greene placing Alex’s shotgun in his squad car. Alex can be heard asking if the two are dead, his voice shaking with emotion, before saying that he has to call Maggie’s father.

10:12 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene testified that he arrived on scene and found Paul’s body in a puddle of water, one which he testified doesn’t appear to have been caused by rain – Greene describe’s Paul and Maggie’s obviously lifeless bodies. Greene spoke with Alex, whose shotgun was leaning agains truck. Alex immediately explains that the murders were related to the boat crash.

10:08 a.m. EST– The body worn camera footage has begun to play. Sgt. Greene has identified it as his. He also stated he was running at full speed en route to Moselle with lights and sirens on.

10:06 a.m. EST – The body worn camera footage worn by Sgt. Greene on June 7, 2021 was just admitted into evidence.

10:04 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene positively identifies the chain of custody for the shotgun. He states he did not manipulate the shotgun in any way prior to handing it over to SLED.

9:59 a.m. EST – Creighton Waters is pulling the camoflauge shotgun out to show the jury. Sgt. Greene identified the shotgun as the firearm he secured when he arrived at Moselle on June 7, 2021.

9:58 a.m. EST – Murdaugh seemed upset to Greene but he saw no visible tears. Greene stated that Murdaugh told him he had gotten a gun while he was waiting. Murdaugh pointed out where the gun was to Greene. Greene secured it in his vehicle to ensure no one had access to it.

9:57 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene states that Murdaugh’s immediate reaction was to mention an incident regarding a boating accident and his son.

9:56 a.m. EST – As soon as he got out of his vehicle, Greene walked down the driveway towards Murdaugh. He could see Murdaugh and both victims. Both victims had large amounts of blood around their bodies. His initial assessment was that there were no signs of life.

9:55 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene states it took him roughly 20 minutes to arrive on scene. He wasn’t concerned about additional perpetrators on the scene.

9:55 a.m. EST – As a major crime scene, his first responsibility is to secure the scene to ensure there is no potential for harm and secure the scene.

9:53 a.m. EST – He stated that Moselle was very dark when he arrived. He pulled into the driveway at the mailbox.

9:51 a.m. EST – Sgt. Greene states that on June 7, 2021 he responded to a call at 4147 Moselle Road to respond to a report of a male and female being called.

9:50 a.m. EST – In June 2021, Sgt. Greene was a road patrol sgt with the CCSO.

9:48 a.m. EST – The State calls Sgt. Daniel Greene from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) as their first witness.

9:46 a.m. EST – Judge Newman is reminding the jurors not to discuss this case with anyone or consume any news about the case.

9:43 a.m. EST – The jury is being brought in.

9:40 a.m. EST – No comment from the State or the defense regarding the email.

9:38 a.m. EST – Court has resumed. Judge Newman stated he received an email at 5:30 p.m. EST from a Chris Wilson regarding a violation of his protective order. The attorneys are reviewing it now.

9:20 a.m. EST Will Folks has just headed into court for the morning. I’ll be taking over the live updates for the morning. (Jenn Wood)

9:12 a.m. EST – Headed into court here in a bit but before I did wanted to send a quick shoutout to my friend Valerie Bauerlein of The Wall Street Journal. Valerie has been doing an amazing job on this story for months and is writing one of the two or three must-read books on this saga. If you aren’t already following her work, you should be!

9:05 a.m. EST – Court officials confirming jury-only access to graphic video and photo evidence in Alex Murdaugh’s double homicide trial.

“It’ll be on a small screen for jury,” source confirms.

Exhibits will purportedly be available for media to review at the end of the day, “minus graphic images.”

After that, per judge Clifton Newman‘s order, it will be placed under a seal.

9:01 a.m. EST – By the way, any media outlet hoping to win a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) battle to obtain this footage is going to be VERY disappointed. Here is a post FITSNews published a few years ago on South Carolina FOIA law as it relates to body cam footage …

8:53 a.m. EST – Disappointing update on the transparency front: The graphic video and photographic evidence from this trial will NOT be seen by members of the media – even those who are in the courtroom. Only the jury will be allowed to view this evidence as it is being introduced, per our sources. This is important, because the state’s first exhibit is reportedly the body cam footage shot by Daniel Greene of the Colleton County sheriff’s department. Greene was the first officer to arrive at Moselle in the immediate aftermath of the homicides.

Here is an explanation per Jay Bender, the retired law professor and open records advocate who has been the liaison between the media and the court during this trial …

“As was done in the Dylan Roof case certain exhibits that have a high probability of causing emotional harm to the victims’ families will be sealed and not available for dissemination. I don’t know if the footage to be shown this morning is one under seal, and will not know that until it is admitted into evidence. Arrangements are being made to copy unsealed video exhibits so that they will be available to members of the pool.”

Stay tuned … I have long maintained these are public documents and should be publicly available, no matter how horrific they may be. The only exception I have consistently embraced is images involving minors.

8:37 a.m. EST – Quick morning update …

8:01 a.m. EST – In case you missed it last night, here is our report on another potentially significant development in the upcoming trial of Alex Murdaugh. If you have been following this case, you know about the missing guns. But do you know about the missing clothes? Now you do …

7:37 a.m. EST – A quick note of reference. When judge Clifton Newman or defense attorneys reference “the attorney general” in court, they are not referring to the actual attorney general, Alan Wilson. They are referring to representatives of his office – who are prosecuting the case. Wilson has reportedly been “very active” in Murdaugh matters, but has yet to make an appearance in court at any hearings – or at trial.

Will Wilson appear at the trial? That remains to be seen …

6:58 a.m. EST – Quick shout out to the two pool photographers in this case, Grace Beahm Alford of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier and Joshua Boucher of The (Columbia, S.C.) State. Not only have these two photojournalists been doing amazing work, they have been incredibly amazing to work with! All media should be very thankful for the hard work they are putting in.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.

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6 comments

Nanker Phelge January 26, 2023 at 3:44 pm

Savannah Goude puts the cute in prosecutor.

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wayne boyce Top fan January 26, 2023 at 6:23 pm

This angle hasn’t come up yet. But he owns a few 1/4 dock sites in different isolated waterways accessible to the Atlantic.

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tomfunderburk Top fan January 26, 2023 at 7:57 pm

where’s the body cam footage? the jury has seen it

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Jennie January 26, 2023 at 8:37 pm

Be careful pushing the judge. It’s solely up to him how his court room is run and he could easily bar all media including Court TV and you (we) would have to rely on sketches and transcripts!

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Ralph Hightower Top fan January 26, 2023 at 9:23 pm

There was just one vehicle at the crime scene? A Chevy Suburban. Wouldn’t there have been at least one more for Maggie and Paul to get to their hunting lodge? The deputy did say that it’s a good distance from their house.

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The Colonel Top fan January 26, 2023 at 9:40 pm

If this is the best ol’Pootypoot can do, “ol’Elick” is in trouble.

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