Paul Murdo cell phone video places Alex Murdo at South Carolina crime scene, witnesses say

WALTERBORO, SC. – Two witnesses on Wednesday placed Alex Murdo at the crime scene minutes before his wife and son were shot in a major blow to the once-powerful lawyer’s alibi.

Paul Murdo’s close friend and neighbor, Rogan Gibson, took the witness stand after the lunch break at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Alex is accused of fatally shooting his youngest son with a shotgun and his wife Maggie Murdow with a shotgun near the doghouses of the family’s sprawling hunting estate, known as Moselle, at around 8.50pm on 7 June 2021 .

Gibson describes the Murdaughs as his “second family.”

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Alex Murdo cries as he watches a video clip on his son Paul’s phone in the double-murder trial of Alex Murdo at the Colleton County Circuit Court in Walterboro, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.
(Andrew J. Whittaker/The Post and Courier/Pool)

He had left his black lab, Cash, at the dog kennel in Mosel. Paul had a four-minute conversation with Gibson at 8:40 and the two discussed a possible problem with Cash’s tail.

Paul told him he’d take a video of Cash’s queue and send it to him as soon as the call ended – but it never arrived.

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“Was that the last time you talked to your friend?” Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters asked.

“It was,” he replied, his voice trembling slightly as the captivated jury stared intently at the witness.

Prosecutor Creighton Waters turns off the lights on a loudspeaker in the double-murder trial of Alex Murdo at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Prosecutor Creighton Waters turns off the lights on a loudspeaker in the double-murder trial of Alex Murdo at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.
(Andrew J. Whittaker/The Post and Courier/Pool)

He texted Paul twice and tried to call him four more times. He also texted Maggie, but prosecutors say they are now dead.

The investigators interview Gibson the next day and he tells them he heard Maggie’s voice in the background and is 99% sure he heard Alex too.

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Months after the murders, investigators recovered a 50-second unsent video of Cash from Paul’s cell phone that was recorded at 8:44:49 p.m.

In November 2022, they asked Gibson to watch the video and identify the voices.

Paul Murdo recorded a video in his family's dog kennel just minutes before his murder, in which witnesses say Alex Murdo's voice can be heard.

Paul Murdo recorded a video in his family’s dog kennel just minutes before his murder, in which witnesses say Alex Murdo’s voice can be heard.
(PUL and South Carolina Attorney General’s Office/WTAT-TV/DT)

Prosecutors played the clip for jurors, and a woman and a man could be heard joking in the background.

“Did you recognize the voices of your second family?” Waters asked.

“Paul, Ms. Maggie and Mr. Alex,” Gibson said as Alex looked directly at him from the defense table.

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“How sure are you now?” Waters asked.

“Affirmative,” he replied.

From left to right, Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdo in an undated photo.

From left to right, Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdo in an undated photo.
(Facebook)

Gasps could be heard in the gallery. Waters asked Gibson to identify Alex.

With a pained expression, Gibson pointed to the disgraced lawyer and said he was “sitting right there in the gray jacket.”

It was also revealed that Gibson had four missed calls from Alex between 10.21pm and 10.30pm on the night of the double murder, which he did not see until he woke up the next morning.

Alex has repeatedly told investigators in videotaped interviews that he did not visit the doghouses that night before making the allegedly grisly discovery.

However, a second witness – Paul’s friend Will Loving – also testified that he could “100%” hear Alex Murdo’s voice in the video as it was played for a third time in court on Wednesday. Loving pointed to Alex Murdo when asked to identify him in the courtroom.

Maggie Murdo's body was found near a doghouse on the property, and Paul Murdo's body was found next to a row of doghouses nearby, where he recorded a video of a chocolate lab just minutes before his death, according to prosecutors.

Maggie Murdo’s body was found near a doghouse on the property, and Paul Murdo’s body was found next to a row of doghouses nearby, where he recorded a video of a chocolate lab just minutes before his death, according to prosecutors.
(Pool Photograph, 0130 Exhibit 29)

He, Paul and Maggie ate dinner, then he took a 20-minute nap, he said. Paul left the house and Maggie went to the kennel to walk the dogs.

Around 9:00 p.m., Alex said he woke up and called and texted Maggie, but she didn’t answer.

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He went to visit his mother in nearby Almeda, then returned to the main house, but no one was home. At 10:07 p.m., he called 911 hysterical and sobbing to report that his wife and son had been “badly shot.”

Prosecutors say Alex committed the double murder to prevent his decades-long corruption schemes from coming to light.

Alex Murdo covers his face in the double-murder trial of Alex Murdo at the Colleton County Circuit Court in Walterboro, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Alex Murdo covers his face in the double-murder trial of Alex Murdo at the Colleton County Circuit Court in Walterboro, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.
(Andrew J. Whittaker/The Post and Courier/Pool)

Alex pleaded not guilty.

Gibson said she’s known Paul all her life, but they became extremely close when they were about 11 years old.

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They shared a love of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing or hunting deer, hogs, turkeys and quail.

He said Paul’s weapons of choice were a .300 Blackout rifle and a 12-gauge Super Black Eagle hunting rifle.

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