The one surviving son of a lawyer accused of killing his spouse and different son testified for the protection as his father smiled proudly through the double-murder trial.
Disgraced South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, 54, locked eyes together with his 26-year-old son Buster as he took the witness stand on Tuesday.
Buster choked again tears whereas telling jurors that his dad referred to as him to say that his mom Maggie, 52, and youthful brother Paul, 22, had been murdered of their household’s property in Moselle.
‘He asked if I was sitting down,’ mentioned Buster. ‘He sounded odd and he told me that my mom and my brother had been shot.’
Buster was together with his girlfriend on the night time of June 7, 2021, when Alex referred to as him. The couple drove to the searching property instantly and arrived within the morning.
Alex was ‘destroyed’ by the deaths, Buster mentioned.
‘He was heartbroken. I walked in the door and saw him, gave him a hug,’ Buster mentioned. ‘He was broken down.’
Alex cried as his son testified.
Buster was the protection group’s third witness. The protection started laying their case on Friday after prosecutors referred to as greater than 60 witnesses supporting their argument that Alex murdered Maggie and Paul.
Alex has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of homicide in addition to two weapons costs.
Buster has watched the trial within the courtroom each day.
Alex’s sister and two brothers are additionally anticipated to testify in his protection.
The Murdaughs caught collectively after the murders. Buster mentioned that Alex took a bathe and that they packed up and went with Buster’s girlfriend and Alex’s brother John Marvin to his mother and father’ dwelling for the night time.
Alex additionally watched Buster play in a golf match after the funerals for Maggie and Paul.
Ten days after the murders, Alex and Buster went with Maggie’s mother and father for a trip in lake Keowee.
The protection is predicted to current their case over per week earlier than the jury deliberates on a verdict.
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