'They sure are dead?' Sobbing Alex Murdaugh asks as cops frisk him for gun near his wife and son's bodies
WALTERBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA: The censored graphic video released Monday during a trial shows Alex Murdaugh sobbing near his wife and son's bodies. The footage which was initially shown to jurors was made public Monday.
At one point in the video, as a police officer approaches Alex frisking him for guns, he asked if they were dead, and in one instance as he talks on the phone saying "it's bad". On June 7, 2021, Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, were shot numerous times at the family's hunting estate.
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'It's bad, I checked their pulse'
"It's bad, I checked their pulse," Murdaugh tells the officer while pacing up and down in a white t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers. Alex is seen sobbing as he talks on the phone with a police officer asking, "When did you last see them or anything like that?". The husband replies after holding himself up and trying to talk in a clear voice wiping his face with his T-shirt: "It was earlier tonight. I don't know the exact time...I was probably gone an hour-and-a-half... I saw them 45 minutes before that."
'They sure are dead?'
He then asks the police officer that he rode around with Paul for two hours that afternoon in a pickup truck. He then asks, "Might go to check 'em?" to which the officer replies, "Yes sir, they have already checked 'em." Paul then again asks, "they did check them? they sure are dead?" The officer answers, "That's what it looks like."
We just received the redacted bodycam footage we've been waiting for since week 1 in the #AlexMurdaugh trial. We'll have these on our YouTube soon. Here is Daniel Green arriving on the scene. The bodies of Paul and Maggie have been blurred. pic.twitter.com/tUmszB56oq— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) February 13, 2023
At another point, as the officer approaches him, he asks, "They are dead, aren't they?" He answers, "That's what it looks like." At this point, Alex is on the phone telling him, "all are dead," as he continues to sob. At one point as he's being frisked as the officer asks, "This is your wife ?" He replies "wife and son" after a short pause as he moves around, he says, "It's bad, it's bad...I checked the pulses."
"They are dead, aren't they?" #AlexMurdaugh asks Sgt. Green as he's on the phone, Green tells him yes. NOTE: The audio/video are out of sync, must have happened in the redaction process. Notice the distance between Paul and Maggie, not far apart. pic.twitter.com/bEZ6aUqa4g— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) February 13, 2023
'I did go and get a gun and bring it down over here'
When initially the police officer approached him stating on the communication device that the scene was secure, Alex told them that he has brought a gun, "Sir, I want to let you know because of the scene I did go and get a gun and bring it down over here... it's leaning outside the front of my car." he clears as the officer asks if you have any guns on you at all.