Alex Murdaugh legal professionals declare lie-detector check factors to totally different homicide suspect in killing of spouse, son

The attorneys for disgraced South Carolina authorized scion Alex Murdaugh claimed in new court docket paperwork that the outcomes of a lie-detector check level to a distinct suspect within the killings of his spouse and son, claiming state prosecutors are deliberately suppressing proof within the double homicide case. 

A movement to compel filed on Friday by Columbia legal professionals Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin alleges state investigators turned a “blind eye” to proof linking Curtis “Quick Eddie” Smith to the homicides of Maggie Murdaugh and 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh, who have been each discovered shot to loss of life by totally different firearms close to canine kennels on the household’s sprawling Colleton County property on June 7, 2021. 

Smith, a former authorized consumer and distant cousin of Murdaugh, was hooked as much as a polygraph machine and questioned by a South Carolina State Legislation Enforcement Division (SLED) agent in Might. He answered “no” when requested if he shot Maggie, shot Paul and whether or not he was current through the killings, however the responses to these three questions confirmed “indicative of tried deception,” the movement says. 

“I do know I used to be nowhere close to the place the place Maggie and Paul obtained killed at,” Smith informed the agent, in keeping with The Publish and Courier, sustaining that he had three buddies over to his residence that night time. “I wasn’t there, there ain’t no manner, form or kind no one can put me there once I was not there.” 

ALEX MURDAUGH BACK IN COURT AFTER SUBPOENAING SOUTH CAROLINA AGENTS FOR TESTIMONY ON MURDERS OF WIFE, SON 

Alex Murdaugh sits in court docket along with his authorized group, together with legal professional Margaret Fox throughout a judicial listening to earlier than Decide Clifton Newman within the Colleton County Courthouse on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. 
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In the course of the lie-detector check, Smith additionally supplied his personal idea as to who killed Maggie and Paul. He stated he believed Paul caught his mom having an affair with an unnamed groundskeeper and shot her with a rifle. However the groundskeeper might need rapidly retrieved a shotgun from his truck and shot Paul.

Following a 13-month investigation, Alex Murdaugh was indicted in July on two counts of homicide. He pleaded not responsible. A part of a protracted spiraling fall from grace, Murdaugh already was going through greater than 80 expenses for allegedly embezzling almost $8.5 million from household, buddies and former authorized purchasers.

Harpootlian and Griffin stated within the movement Friday that the South Carolina Legal professional Basic’s Workplace “caved to public curiosity on this case” in indicting Murdaugh on a “weak circumstantial case.”

“Smith decidedly failed a polygraph when questioned if he murdered Maggie and Paul,” Murdaugh’s legal professionals wrote. “However, the Legal professional Basic has represented that the State intends to current Smith as a cooperating witness in opposition to Alex within the upcoming homicide trial.

Curtis Edward Smith, 62, is taken back to jail after a judge revoked his bond at a hearing on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Curtis Edward Smith, 62, is taken again to jail after a choose revoked his bond at a listening to on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, within the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia, South Carolina. 
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State prosecutors are anticipated to file a response to the movement on Monday. 

“Up to now, now we have supplied over three-quarters of a terabyte of knowledge to the protection,” Legal professional Basic’s Workplace spokesman Robert Kittle stated in a press release Friday night time, in keeping with WIS-TV. “No Brady materials will probably be withheld and, as at all times, we’ll deal with these points in our pleadings and within the courtroom and won’t do this case outdoors the courtroom.” 

“Eddie continues to be a pawn for Alex Murdaugh,” Smith’s lawyer, Amiee Zmroczek, stated. “If SLED had any indication, he was concerned within the murders he would have been charged. There’s a purpose that polygraphs will not be admissible in court docket as a result of they’re not correct.” 

Once-prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, right, enters Colleton County court in South Carolina on July 20, 2022, for a bond hearing on murder charges. 

As soon as-prominent South Carolina legal professional Alex Murdaugh, proper, enters Colleton County court docket in South Carolina on July 20, 2022, for a bond listening to on homicide expenses. 
(John Monk/The State/Tribune Information Service by way of Getty Pictures)

As soon as a strong legal professional, Murdaugh had been a associate on the Hampton private harm legislation agency based by his great-grandfather greater than a century in the past and labored as a volunteer prosecutor for the Low Nation solicitor’s workplace his household wielded management over for generations. 

Authorities say Murdaugh, after being confronted by different companions on the agency for allegedly stealing thousands and thousands, organized for Smith to shoot and kill him on the aspect of a rural highway over the 2021 Labor Day weekend in order that Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, would be capable of accumulate on a $10 million life insurance coverage coverage. 

Alex Murdaugh, right, is shown here with his family. 

Alex Murdaugh, proper, is proven right here along with his household. 
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However Smith allegedly botched the suicide-for-hire plot, and Murdaugh survived. 

In June, a South Carolina state grand jury indicted Smith and Murdaugh in an alleged cash laundering and drug trafficking ring associated to the distribution of oxycodone and methamphetamine. 

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Smith reportedly had his bond revoked in August and stays in protecting custody. Final week, a trial date for the double homicide case was set for January 2023 in Colleton County. 

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