State calls final rebuttal witnesses in Murdaugh double murder trial

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The double murder trial of disbarred South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh is nearing its end. Murdaugh is accused of killing his wife and youngest son, Maggie and Paul, at their hunting lodge in June of 2021.

The defense rested its case on Monday and the prosecution called six rebuttal witnesses to close out their case.

On Tuesday, the prosecution began by calling one of Alex’s former law partners and friend, Ronnie Crosby, to the witness stand. His testimony countered Alex’s testimony that the family only went hog hunting at night saying that hogs were often hunted during the day because they were such a nuisance. Alex also never admitted to Crosby that he was at the kennels on the night of the murder.

Another former law partner, Mark Ball, repeated Crosby’s previous testimony about hog hunting during the day, as well as Alex not including he was at the kennels on the night of the murders.

Some of the most powerful testimony came towards the end of the day when the state called Dr. Kenny Kinsey to testify. He refuted the defense’s theory that Paul was shot at contact range believing that the shooter would have been 2 feet away or more, similar to what Dr. Reimer said during the trial earlier in the day. Kinsey said although he doesn’t completely agree with all of Dr. Reimer’s findings, he agrees with her opinion more so than that of the defense’s expert witness Dr. Eisenstat.


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