Closing arguments in the trial of Alex Murdaugh

Prosecutor Creighton Waters speaks during closing arguments on Wednesday, March 1. (Joshua Boucher/The State/AP)

Lead prosecutor Creighton Waters, resuming oral argument on Wednesday afternoon, said “home guns” were used to carry out the double murders on the Murdaugh estate.

Waters said the “forensic evidence” that was presented as evidence at trial supports this theory.

He pointed to the testimony of a weapons expert who said the bullet casings from a Blackout rifle that were discovered near the body of Alex Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, matched casings found on other parts of the family property by the investigators.

Waters noted that this weapon was missing and Murdaugh cannot account for it.

“A Familial Blackout killed Maggie. It was there just months before the murders and it’s gone now. A Familial Gun that the Defendant can’t account for killed Maggie.”

Paul Murdaugh was killed by gunfire from one of his “favorite guns”, Waters said.

The prosecutor said investigators determined two shells fired that killed Paul had “class characteristics” similar to a 12-gauge shotgun son Murdaugh preferred.

He added that Alex Murdaugh had this shotgun with him on the night of the murders and “Maggie’s DNA and blood” was found on the receiver of the gun.

The presence of the family’s weapons and their connection to the deaths, Waters said, show that “the defendant had the means to commit these crimes.”


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