Thursday 24 November 2022 03:41 PM Police 'destroyed' blood-spattered t-shirt worn by Alex Murdaugh trends now
Law enforcement 'destroyed' evidence that could clear Alex Murdaugh, and relied on the 'expert' opinion of a retired police officer with no scientific credentials to tie him to the murders of his wife and son, the disgraced legal scion's lawyers claim.
The claims were made in a filing by Murdaugh's attorneys in Collecton County Court on Wednesday, and obtained by DailyMail.com. It asserts that South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) destroyed the white T-shirt that Murdaugh was wearing on the night he claims he found the bodies of Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, by dog kennels on the family's hunting estate.
In addition to the murders, the disgraced former attorney faces nearly 100 additional criminal charges, ranging from a botched 'suicide for hire plot' to several alleged instances of money laundering and embezzlement.
He is currently awaiting trial for the brutal slayings, which is set to begin early next year.
Police 'destroyed' evidence that could clear embattled legal scion Richard 'Alex' Murdaugh, including blood spattered shirt he wore night he 'brutally killed' wife and son last June at the family's home. He denies the killings
Maggie and Paul (center) were found shot dead on the family's property in June 2021. Alex called 911 at around 10pm claiming he'd just found them. Prosecutors say that's a lie
Law enforcement have claimed that the shirt bore evidence of 'high velocity impact spatter' that definitively placed Murdaugh, 54, at the scene at the time of the murders.
His attorneys hotly dispute this and say the claim flies in the face of the state's own expert's initial report and that the 'impact spatter' finding was only included in a revised version of the document.
As such they have argued that the jury should not hear testimony regarding those findings in court.
According to the lengthy motion, 'On June 7, 2021, Alex Murdaugh's wife Maggie and son Paul were brutally murdered near the dog kennels at a family home on Moselle Road in Colleton County.
Maggie and Paul were found shot dead near these dog kennels on the family's home in Islandton, South Carolina
Paul's body was found partially inside one of the kennels, while his mother was several feet away, leading investigators to believe that she ran from her killer before being felled, sources claim
'As Mr Murdaugh has noted in previous motions, the State immediately decided that Alex was guilty, before anyone collected, investigated, or reviewed any evidence and, unable to build a solid case against [him] to present in court, instead engaged in a campaign of selective and deceptive leaks to news media to convince the public that Murdaugh is guilty before he is tried.'
Key among those 'leaks' was, they state, the suggestion that 'high velocity impact spatter' had been found on Murdaugh's clothing along with the assertion of a law enforcement 'expert'