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Shirt Alex Murdaugh wore the night his wife and son were murdered ‘destroyed': defense

Added 11-24-22 04:18:03pm EST - “South Carolina officials destroyed the T-shirt Alex Murdaugh was wearing the night his wife and son were gunned down ?" making it impossible to challenge claims that it links him to the murder?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Shirt Alex Murdaugh wore the night his wife and son were murdered ‘destroyed’: defense”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

South Carolina officials destroyed the T-shirt Alex Murdaugh wore the night his wife and son were gunned down — making it impossible to challenge claims that it links him to the murders, according to his attorneys.

The disgraced 54-year-old legal scion’s legal team claimed in a 96-page filing Wednesday that contradictory claims about the shirt are at the heart of a “campaign of selective and deceptive leaks to convince the public that Murdaugh is guilty before he is tried.”

Prosecutors hired an unqualified expert, ex-cop Tom Bevel, “to opine that the white cotton T-shirt Mr. Murdaugh wore the night Maggie and Paul were murdered is stained with high-velocity blood spatter, most likely resulting from shooting Paul,” the filing states.

But Bevel’s first report “emphatically said the shirt contained no stains consistent with back spatter resulting from a gunshot,” attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin wrote.

“Yet for some reason, without any additional evidence he changed his opinion entirely after an in-person visit from lead [South Carolina Law Enforcement Division] SLED investigator David Owen,” they wrote.

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