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Paul Murdaugh sent a Snapchat video to several friends just minutes before he was killed, according to a motion filed against Alex Murdaugh, a disgraced former lawyer who is standing trial this week over the killing of his wife and son.
Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh, 52, and the couple’s youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, 22, were found shot dead on the family’s South Carolina property in June 2021.
Alex Murdaugh has denied he was involved in their deaths and pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.
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Jury selection has begun in a trial that could last up to three weeks, both the defence and prosecution have said.
Three generations of the Murdaugh family served as prosecuting attorneys in coastal South Carolina but a series of deaths and allegations of embezzlement and insurance fraud brought the family legacy crashing down.
The filing, obtained by CNN affiliate WCSC, appears to be the first mention of the Snapchat video from prosecutors who intend to use it as evidence in their case against Murdaugh.
Snapchat provided the recording as part of a search warrant, the filing said.
“Among other things, critical to the case is a video sent out to several friends at approximately 7.56pm on the night of the murders,” the filing said.
“The contents of this video is important to proving the State’s case in chief.”
The document does not describe what the contents of the video are. It importance to the case is unclear.
In October, CNN reported, prosecutors in court documents said the mother and son were killed between 8.30pm and 10.06pm.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division previously reported the deaths occurred between 9pm and 9.30pm.
Prosecutor Creighton Waters asked in the motion that a representative from Snapchat, the social media platform which provided the video, “testify in person that the video is a true and accurate record kept in the normal course of business activity”.
Judge Clifton Newman ruled in favour of the motion and issued a request to a Los Angeles, California, district court to compel a representative of Snapchat to attend the Murdaugh trial.
Their son sent a Snapchat to his friends. Minutes later he was killed
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