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Prosecutors play 911 calls in Alex Murdaugh murder trial

Formerly a prominent attorney in the Palmetto State, Murdaugh is facing charges for the murder of wife Maggie and son Paul.

Published: January 26, 2023 4:04pm

Updated: January 26, 2023 4:44pm

Prosecutors in the murder trial of South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh played his 911 calls from June 7, 2021, in which he claims to have discovered his wife and son dead.

"I need the police and an ambulance immediately... My wife and child were shot badly... Neither one of them's moving," he can be heard to say, according to Fox News. "I'm going back to my house to get a gun, just in case... My son has been threatened for months and months and months. He's been hit several times."

In the call, Murdaugh denies that either may have committed suicide and mentioned that his son had previously reported alleged assaults.

Formerly a prominent attorney in the Palmetto State, Murdaugh is facing charges for the murder of wife Maggie and son Paul. He claims to have left their home to visit his mother, who has dementia, and that he discovered his family dead upon his return. 

Authorities have determined that the pair were killed with different weapons. Paul was hit with two shotguns blasts, each shell loaded with different size shot. Maggie meanwhile sustained gunshot wounds from rifle rounds.

He faces 30 years to life in prison without parole, according to The Hill. After news of his family members' deaths broke, authorities began looking into Murdaugh's dealings and have since pressed a litany of other charges stemming from interactions with clients.

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