Alex Murdaugh Trial: Jury Visits Moselle Property for Closing Arguments
Alex Murdaugh, 54, is on trial in Walterboro, South Carolina, accused of killing his wife and son at the family's 1,770-acre Colleton County estate, called Moselle. The now-six-week case has seen prosecutors calling 62 witnesses, some testifying twice, and the defense putting up 14, including Murdaugh himself.
On Wednesday, the jury was taken to the Moselle property to tour the crime scene. They were taken through the kennel entrance and had a total of 30 minutes to view the property. They spent most of their time at the kennels and the shed where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were killed. Towards the end of the visit, the jury was taken to the main house for a view of the exterior.
The defense has called witnesses that argue the gunshot wound to Paul’s head was a contact wound, but a medical expert disagreed. She claimed that if Paul had been shot in the head with a contact shotgun, the damage to his face would have been more severe.
At 10:07, the black Mercedes belonging to Dick Harpootlian, accompanied by co-counsel Margaret Fox, pulled down the short driveway. Mr. Harpootlian stated that the jury had arrived at the house and was in the process of completing their tour. Jim Griffin, the defense lawyer, is set to present his closing argument this afternoon, and he is not in attendance with his colleagues.
The jury preceded them by several minutes. They had a few seconds to view them as they walked the narrow path between the kennels and the shed. A juror stood in the doorway of the feed room, looking up at the portal that had been the focus of many anguished accounts.
The lawn on the premises is high and the bushes near the custodian's hut are thick and untamed. The black mailbox situated at the entrance to the kennels is blanketed with pollen and adorned with spiderwebs. A “no trespassing” sign is affixed to a post at the top of the mailbox.
After weeks of testimony, Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the 2021 fatal shootings of his wife and son.
The jury is expected to return to the courtroom at 11 a.m.
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