As the trial of disbarred South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh enters its third week, South Carolina criminal defense attorney Cindy Crick said the suspect’s alibi for the shooting deaths of his wife and youngest son had “an atomic bomb” dropped on it.
(Video: Fox News)
Murdaugh is charged with fatally shooting his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, near the dog kennels on his family’s 1,700-acre Colleton County estate on June 7, 2021.
According to Fox News, prosecutors are pointing to “Murdaugh’s financial difficulties, including 99 counts of financial crimes totaling an estimated $9 million” as a possible motive for creating with this heinous crime “a diversion as a grieving husband and father.”
“The state is doing exactly what the state is supposed to be doing, which is very methodically laying foundation for each and every piece of evidence they need to get in during the course of this trial,” Crick told Fox News’s Trey Gowdy on “Sunday Night in America.”
“The one interesting little tidbit where the state has weighed in is this issue of motive,” Crick continued, “and I do think that could be one of the more pivotal issues in this case.”
“You have to remember, although– the state doesn’t have to prove motive, it’s not an element,” she explained. “But a jury of 12 normal people are going to have a hard time wrapping their minds around the idea that this local prominent attorney, who used to be a prosecutor, decided one day to get up off of his sofa and go down to the kennels and put a bullet through the heads of his wife and son.”
Two witnesses testified in the first week of the trial that Murdaugh was at the crime scene at the time prosecutors believe the murders occurred.
Reports Fox News:
Rogan Gibson, a close friend and neighbor of Murdaugh’s took to the stand and was questioned on a 50-second unsent video from Paul’s cellphone, which was recorded at 8:44:49 p.m. During cross-examination, Gibson was pressed on the voices in that video and claimed he recognized the voices of Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdaugh.
When asked if he was “100%” certain. Gibson replied, “Yes sir.”
Crick likened Gibson’s testimony to “an atomic bomb dropping down on [Murdaugh’s] alibi.”
“I don’t care if you’re F. Lee Bailey, Johnnie Cochran, or Trey Gowdy,” she said, “it’s going to be very difficult to come back from this. You’ve got two issues. Number one, we see you at the scene. Number two, you’ve lied to investigators about being at the scene.”
Gowdy asked Crick for her opinion of the prosecution’s attempt to provide the jury with a financial motive for the murders.
“I think there’s a lot we haven’t seen yet,” she replied.
“So we’ve seen pieces and parts of this theory,” she continued. “You have somebody that appears to be spiraling out of control, both with finances, family. You know, you’re talking about somebody whose reputation, whose fortune, and whose liberty may be on the line. And you’ve got this other issue of opioids, that’s sort of, in the mix, and that adds up to a desperate situation for some folks.”
If found guilty, Murdaugh faces a minimum of 30 years in prison and up to life without parole.
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