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Day 7: Paul, Maggie Murdaugh cellphone evidence testimony


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Dove also said

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Murdaugh murders: CFO of former law firm testifies she confronted Alex about missing funds the morning his wife, son killed

The double murder trial of Alex Murdaugh continued Thursday with testimony about the disgraced attorney’s alleged financial crimes, which prosecutors have suggested were about to be revealed when Murdaugh allegedly killed his wife and son in an effort to distract from those schemes.

The testimony of Jeanne Seckinger, the chief financial officer of Murdaugh’s law firm, was heard Thursday morning without the jury present as Judge Clifton Newman weighs whether to allow the state to present the evidence of the alleged financial crimes, for which Murdaugh faces 99 separate charges from the murder case.

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The morning of June 7, 2021 — the same day of the murders — Seckinger confronted Murdaugh about $792,000 in missing funds, she said Thursday, testifying that legal fees should have been made payable to the law firm, then known as PMPED, and not to individual attorneys.

But Seckinger and other members of the firm realized in May 2021 they had not received a fee check stemming from a settlement signed in a case Murdaugh shared with another attorney, Chris Wilson, Seckinger testified, which was a concern.

“Either he’s got a check he hasn’t turned into us that is properly payable to PMPED or he’s received a check payable to him,” Seckinger said.

Seckinger tested she confronted Murdaugh on June 7 and told him she had reason to believe he had received the funds himself and that he needed to prove to her he had not, CNN reported.

“He assured me that the money was there, and that he could get it,” Seckinger said.

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Prosecutors indicated in pretrial filings they believed Murdaugh killed his wife, Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh

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