September 25, 2023
Alex Murdaugh’s spouse was apprehensive about cash and husband’s truthfulness earlier than murders, housekeeper testifies

“She was involved concerning the amount of cash that they have been requesting in that lawsuit — $30 million is what she informed me,” Turrubiate-Simpson mentioned. “She mentioned she knew the amount of cash they have been asking.

“She felt that Alex was not being truthful to her with regard to what was occurring with that lawsuit. She mentioned he would not inform me every little thing.”

Turrubiate-Simpson, who mentioned she was a buddy of the Murdaugh household, additionally testified Alex Murdaugh requested her the day after Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, the couple’s grown son, have been killed at a household property to scrub the house there.

“He mentioned there was going to be individuals in all probability stopping by and bringing meals and stuff,” Turrubiate-Simpson mentioned. “He mentioned I simply need the home to look the best way Maggie would really like for it to look. So, I mentioned OK and I went to the home.”

Alex Murdaugh is on trial for the killings on June 7, 2021. He has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of homicide and two weapons costs, with the trial anticipated to final about two extra weeks.

A lot of this week’s testimony has centered on Alex Murdaugh’s monetary points. The choose dominated Monday to permit such proof, saying it was “so intimately related” with the state’s case “that proof of it’s important to finish the story.”
Forward of Turrubiate-Simpson’s testimony, some Murdaugh kin have been ordered this week to sit down farther again within the South Carolina courtroom because of inappropriate contact and conduct, the Colleton County clerk of courtroom mentioned.
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In courtroom Wednesday, Alex Murdaugh’s sister Lynn Murdaugh Goettee handed him a ebook by way of a member of his protection group. It was not shared with the sufferer’s advocate, and Goettee had been admonished simply 5 minutes earlier than that, a supply with information of the incident informed CNN.

The ebook was thought-about contraband as a result of it was not clear what was in it, the supply mentioned, including Murdaugh was already again in his jail cell with it earlier than anyone may verify it. The ebook — John Grisham’s “The Decide’s Checklist” — was later confiscated.

State Decide Clifton Newman additionally was made conscious of an obscene gesture Alex Murdaugh’s surviving son Buster Murdaugh made towards Mark Tinsley, the lawyer representing the household of Mallory Seaside, who was killed in a 2019 boat crash involving Paul Murdaugh, Colleton County Clerk of Court docket Rebecca Hill informed CNN. The gesture occurred Monday throughout Tinsley’s testimony outdoors the presence of the jury.

The youthful Murdaugh was admonished for the incident, Hill mentioned. Lynn Murdaugh Goettee and Buster Murdaugh have been warned that any extra violations will lead to them being barred from the courtroom.

Witness Chris Wilson answers questions Thursday from prosecutor Creighton Waters during Alex Murdaugh's trial.

Amid the ebook incident, Wednesday’s testimony was interrupted when a bomb risk was known as into the clerk’s workplace and the courthouse in Walterboro was evacuated, Hill mentioned. Court docket resumed hours later.

Tinsley’s testimony continued Friday after ending Thursday with him on the stand. He represents the household of the 19-year-old Seaside, who was killed when a ship owned by Alex Murdaugh and allegedly pushed by Paul Murdaugh crashed.

Extra witnesses establish Murdaugh’s voice in video

Turrubiate-Simpson and Nathan Tuten, Paul’s childhood buddy, additionally each recognized in courtroom Friday Alex Murdaugh’s voice in a key video authorities say was recorded shortly earlier than the killings.

The video, simply wanting a minute lengthy, was filmed on Paul Murdaugh’s telephone beginning at 8:44 p.m. the evening of the killings, a regulation enforcement witness testified earlier within the trial. Three totally different voices may be heard within the footage, which appeared to have been recorded across the Murdaugh household’s kennels, in accordance with that earlier testimony.
Turrubiate-Simpson and Tuten each recognized Paul, Maggie and Alex Murdaugh’s voices within the clip. At the very least three different witnesses within the trial have recognized Alex Murdaugh’s voice because the third one within the video, although he has repeatedly denied being on the kennels across the time of the killings.

Prosecutor hopes to wrap up case subsequent week

Authorized groups on Thursday provided a glimpse into the remaining trial schedule: Closing arguments may begin round February 23, based mostly on attorneys’ estimates — weeks after Friday’s initially scheduled finish date.

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The state hoped to relaxation its case by the center of subsequent week, prosecutor Creighton Waters mentioned, whereas the protection will want at the very least per week, protection lawyer Dick Harpootlian mentioned, noting it could possibly be on the shorter facet due to how lengthy testimony already has lasted.

The protection has out-of-state professional witnesses who would require journey and lodging, Harpootlian mentioned, declaring the size of the state’s case is making that troublesome and costly to schedule. The state thus far has known as 44 witnesses and launched greater than 400 displays of proof.

Harpootlian deliberate to ask the choose to let jurors go to Moselle, the searching property the place Maggie and Paul Murdaugh have been killed, he mentioned in opening statements.

Correction: A earlier model of this story incorrectly reported whose testimony was underway when Buster Murdaugh allegedly made an obscene gesture; it was Mark Tinsley’s. It additionally misstated which John Grisham ebook was confiscated from Alex Murdaugh; it was “The Decide’s Checklist.”

CNN’s Alta Spells contributed to this report.