“Call me babe.”
That was the last text Alex Murdaugh apparently sent his 52-year-old wife Maggie after five unanswered calls and other messages. But prosecutors say that by the time the 54-year-old former lawyer sent that message on June 7, 2021, Maggie and her son Paul had been dead for almost an hour after Murdaugh reportedly shot them dead near the dog kennels of their South Carolina estate.
The text is among several steps that prosecutors say Murdaugh made after murdering his family around 8:50 pm that night. About 10 minutes after the grisly crime, Murdaugh began calling everyone close to him—including his dying father, several friends, and Maggie. The last text message, which was sent at 9:47 pm, came about 20 minutes before Murdaugh called 911 to report he found 22-year-old Paul and Maggie by the kennels and not breathing.
“It’s up to you to decide whether or not he was trying to manufacture an alibi,” state prosecutor Creighton Waters said last week at the start of Murdaugh’s highly anticipated murder trial.
Murdaugh, 54, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the double homicide. Prosecutors allege that Murdaugh murdered Paul and Maggie in an attempt to turn the spotlight away from his financial crimes and garnered sympathy in the community where his family once held legal power. His defense lawyers, however, have argued that Murdaugh had no motive to kill his “wonderful” wife and son—and that there is no tangible evidence linking him to the crime.
If convicted, he faces 30 years in prison.
Over the last week, a dozen witnesses