Alex Murdaugh trial: Crucial video could complicate double murder defense

Lt. Britt Dove testified Wednesday that data extracted from Alex Murdaugh’s cellphone showed the movements of the device June 7, 2021.

He said that if the phone is in a person’s hand or pocket, it records steps. If the device is on the seat or in the cupholder of a driving car, it would not record steps.

These are the records of Alex’s steps the night of June 7, 2021, when prosecutors say Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were fatally shot at about 8:50 pm

6:42:12 pm-6:43:55 pm – 57 steps

6:52:28-7:02:05 pm – 283 steps

7:03:55-7:11:29 pm – 165 steps

7:15:35-7:21:52 pm – 200 steps

7:28:36-7:37:11 pm – 47 steps

7:55:32-8:05:07 pm – 270 steps

7:41:23-7:48:41 pm – 29 steps

8:05:35-8:09:52 pm – 74 steps

9:02:18-9:06:47 pm – 283 steps

“Do you see any steps recorded between 8:09 pm to 9:02 pm?” asked Assistant Attorney General John Conrad.

“No, sir, I don’t,” he replied.

Dove said that the iPhone’s calculation of the number of steps taken are an estimate, but the time those steps are registered is precise.

Alex has claimed that he ate dinner with Paul and Maggie the night of the murders then took a nap.

It’s unclear when he could have squeezed in a nap based on the steps documented by his phone.

He left the house a little after 9 pm to visit his mother, who lives about 20 minutes away.

When he returned, he said he found his son and wife’s dead bodies nearby dog kennels on the family’s sprawling hunting estate a little after 10 pm

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He repeatedly told investigators he did not visit the dog kennels that night before allegedly making the grisly discovery.

But prosecutors said in opening statements that Paul recorded a cellphone video near the kennels at 8:44 pm that captured Alex’s voice.

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