- Maggie Murdaugh’s autopsy photo was accidentally leaked by a lawyer in court.
- The autopsy photo will prove to be an important step in the conviction of her husband, Alex Murdaugh.
- Although it was redacted by the court, it was presented to the public.
Maggie Murdaugh’s autopsy photo was accidentally leaked by a lawyer in court. The autopsy photo will prove to be an important step in the conviction of her husband, Alex Murdaugh.
During the prosecution’s rebuttal, the coroner referred to this image from Maggie Murdaugh’s autopsy.
Although it was redacted by the court, it was presented to the public. The photos were shown when the defense called for forensic experts to dispute gunshot evidence at trial.
Alex, a disbarred South Carolina lawyer, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and 99 counts of financial misconduct after his wife and son, Maggie and Paul, were shot to death on June 7 in the dog kennels on the estate of the family. , 2021.
On Monday, the defense focused on testimony from forensic pathologist Jonathan Eisenstat and blood spatter expert Tim Palmbach. Both experts disputed details that surfaced in the official autopsies of both Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.
According to Eisenstadt, Paul was shot in the head from behind. At the time of the shooting, the gun was pressed to his temple.
Eisenstat said Paul Murdaugh appeared to have been shot from an elevated angle shooting downwards, which could indicate the shooter was taller than he was, but this could not be guaranteed as fact.
The graphic photos of the victims’ bodies and performed autopsies were shown at that time.
You could see Alex getting visibly emotional and crying crocodile tears. During the hearing, he repeatedly dabbed his eyes with tissue paper.
According to Palmbach, due to the proximity of the shooting, the shooter must be covered in gunshot residue and bodily fluids. On the other hand, Alex testified that he did not get blood on his clothes, a statement that has already turned out to be false.
Prosecutors have pointed to a Snapchat video showing Alex Murdaugh shortly before the murders. He was wearing different clothes at the time than the clothes in which he was found by the police.
Palmbach testified that the evidence suggests a “two-shooter scenario.”
He said that if there was one shooter, Paul Murdaugh’s shooter could have been disoriented or injured himself from the blast and not have had enough time to recover and shoot Maggie Murdaugh.