Alex Murdaugh’s Chilling Last Text to Murdered Wife Revealed

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“Call me babe.”

That was the last text Alex Murdaugh allegedly sent his 52-year-old wife Maggie after five unanswered calls and other messages. But prosecutors say that by the time the 54-year-old former lawyer sent that message on June 7, 2021, Maggie and her son Paul had been dead for almost an hour after Murdaugh allegedly shot them dead near the dog kennels of their South Carolina estate.

The text is among several steps that prosecutors say Murdaugh made after murdering his family around 8:50 p.m. that night. About 10 minutes after the grisly crime, Murdaugh began calling everyone close to him—including his ailing father, several friends, and Maggie. The last text message, which was sent at 9:47 p.m., came about 20 minutes before Murdaugh called 911 to report he found 22-year-old Paul and Maggie by the kennels and not breathing.

“It’s up to you to decide whether or not he was trying to manufacture an alibi,” state prosecutor Creighton Waters said last week at the start of Murdaugh’s highly anticipated murder trial.

Murdaugh, 54, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the double homicide. Prosecutors allege that Murdaugh murdered Paul and Maggie in an attempt to turn the spotlight away from his financial crimes and garner sympathy in the community where his family once held legal power. His defense lawyers, however, have argued that Murdaugh had no motive to kill his “wonderful” wife and son—and that there is no tangible evidence linking him to the crime.

If convicted, he faces 30 years in prison.

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Alex Murdaugh, a once prominent Hampton-based attorney from a well-known politically-connected family, is on trial in the deaths of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul.

Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison without parole if found guilty. The trial started last week with jury selection, opening arguments and the initial round of witness testimony. It is expected, for now, to run through Feb. 10 in Walterboro.

5:45 p.m. — Court adjourned, will resume Thursday morning

Will Loving has left the stand and Judge Clifton Newman has released the jury until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Before ending the day, Newman announced he will rule Thursday morning on the admissibility of evidence concerning other crimes Alex Murdaugh is accused of.

The prosecution has repeatedly suggested Murdaugh’s alleged financial misdeeds and may have motivated the murder of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.

In his final line of questioning, lead prosecutor Creighton Waters hammered on Murdaugh’s alleged shady finances.

Waters asked Loving if he had any knowledge of where Murdaugh was spending his money, where the money came from, what his bank account balances looked like, and most pointedly, if Loving was aware that Murdaugh was confronted on the morning of June 7, 2021, regarding some $792,000 in missing fees from his law firm.

“Do you have the facts on any of that?” Waters asked.

“No sir, I do not,” Loving said.

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