Paul Murdo sent a video on Snapchat to several friends just minutes before he was killed, pursuant to a motion filed by the South Carolina Attorney General for the trial of Alex Murdo, the disgraced former attorney who is on trial starting this week in the murders of his wife and son.
Margaret “Maggie” Murdo, 52, and their youngest son, Paul Murdo, 22, were found shot dead on the family’s property in June 2021.
Alex Mordo denied involvement in their deaths and pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.
Jury selection began Monday. Defense and prosecutors said the trial could take up to three weeks.
Three generations of the Murdo family have served as attorneys general in coastal South Carolina, but a series of deaths and allegations of embezzlement and insurance fraud have crumbled the family legacy, capturing the nation’s attention.
The reference to the video in the recording, obtained by CNN affiliate WCSC, appears to be the first mention of a Snapchat video from prosecutors who intend to use it as evidence in their case against Murdo.
The recording file states that Snapchat provided the recording as part of a search warrant.
“Among other things, crucial to the case, was a videotape sent to several friends at approximately 7:56 pm on the night of the murders,” the lawsuit reads.
“The contents of this video are important to proving the country’s main case,” the document written by prosecutors read.
The document does not describe what the contents of the video are, and its significance to the case is unclear.
In October, CNN reported that prosecutors said in court documents that the mother and son were killed between 8:30 p.m. and 10:06 p.m. in court documents. The South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement previously reported that the deaths occurred between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Attorney General Creighton Waters requested in the memo that a representative from Snapchat, the social media platform that provided the video, “personally certify that the video is a true and accurate record kept in the normal course of business.”
Judge Clifton Newman ruled in favor of the motion and issued a motion to the Los Angeles County Court to compel a Snapchat representative to attend Murdo’s trial starting on day one of jury selection.