Dramatic opening statements from both the prosecution and defense in the Alex Murdaugh murder trial as both attorneys laid out different versions of the same story.
Prosecutors say forensics will prove Murdaugh, 54, killed his wife and son. Defense attorney Dick Harpootlian says however that there is no forensic evidence to tie Murdoch to the murders. Harpootlian suggested that the crime may have been the work of two people because of two different weapons. The rifle that killed Maggie Murdaugh has not been found.
Murdaugh could be seen visually emotional as his attorney laid out in graphic detail the injuries Maggie and Paul Murdaugh suffered. Maggie Murdaugh, defense attorney Dick Harpootlian said, died running for her life, and Paul Murdaugh's brain was blown out of his skull.
Joining Nancy Grace today:
- Wendy Patrick- California prosecutor, Author of 'Red Flags;' Host: ‘Today with Dr. Wendy’ on KCBQ in San Diego; Twitter: @WendyPatrickPHD
- Dr. Bethany Marshall - Psychoanalyst (Beverly Hills, CA); New Netflix show: 'Bling Empire' (Beverly Hills); Twitter: @DrBethanyLive
- Sheryl McCollum - Forensic Expert, Founder: Cold Case Investigative Research Institute in Atlanta, GA; Twitter: @ColdCaseTips; Host: 'Zone 7'
- Irv Brandt- Former US Marshals Service International Investigations Branch; Author: "FLYING SOLO: Top of the World," available on Amazon; Twitter: @JackSoloAuthor
- Dr. Michelle DuPre - Former Forensic Pathologist, Medical Examiner and Detective: Lexington County Sheriff's Department,; Author: "Homicide Investigation Field Guide" & "Investigating Child Abuse Field Guide;" Forensic Consultant
- Jen Smith - Chief Reporter at DailyMail.com; Twitter: @Jen_e_Smith
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