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Day 7: Paul, Maggie Murdaugh cellphone evidence testimony

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Alex Murdaugh Coverage

The Murdaugh family saga has dominated the news after another shooting, a resignation and criminal accusations — with Alex Murdaugh at the center of it all. Here are the latest updates on Alex Murdaugh.

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Alex Murdaugh, a once prominent Hampton-based attorney from a well-known politically-connected family, is on trial in the deaths of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul.

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Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison without parole if found guilty. The trial started last week with jury selection, opening arguments and the initial round of witness testimony. It is expected, for now, to run through Feb. 10 in Walterboro.

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Jeff Croft, a SLED senior special agent holds onto a clip of .300 Blackout casings while on the witness stand in the double murder trial of Alex Murdaugh at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool [email protected] Andrew J. Whitaker

5:45 p.m. — Court adjourned

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Judge Clifton Newman has adjourned court with Dove still on the stand.

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Court will resume at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, when Lt. Dove with SLED will resume his testimony, and later the defense will start cross-examination.

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5:30 p.m. — Witness: Maggie’s phone showed activity after death

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Phone activity consistent with someone picking it up and attempting to unlock it occurred after the last time Maggie Murdaugh’s cellphone was unlocked, Lt. Dove said.

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According to the data pulled from Maggie’s phone, Dove said the camera activated itself at 8:54 p.m. the night of her death on June 7, 2021. It was on for one second, which Dove said is similar to a phone attempting to recognize someone’s face for facial recognition unlock.

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Dove also said

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