It’s a brand new twist on an outdated axiom: A canine is a prosecutor’s finest buddy.
Bubba, a rambunctious yellow Labrador retriever, was not amongst greater than 75 witnesses and practically 800 items of proof within the six-week homicide trial of disgraced South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh.
However the canine’s presence on the crime scene performed a pivotal function in convicting the now-disbarred lawyer — who was sentenced to life in jail with out parole Friday for the murders of his spouse Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, in June 2021.
“Does Bubba have a sixth sense?” Meadors requested jurors, claiming the canine prompted Alex to surrender his whereabouts. “Thank God for Bubba.”
Since Maggie and Paul’s demise, Bubba reportedly lives with Blanca Turrubiate-Simpson, a former housekeeper for the Murdaughs who was herself a witness through the trial.”
A longtime Murdaugh household observer who has watched the trial additionally credited Bubba, mentioned to be Maggie’s favourite of the household’s 4 canines, for finally sinking the defendant.
“Bubba solved the case,” the supply informed The Submit Thursday. “Labs are very loyal. They love their homeowners and Maggie was Bubba’s grasp.”
Alex Murdaugh was given two life phrases for the murders of his spouse and son.
Murdaugh, 54, insisted to authorities on the evening of the slayings he wasn’t close to the canine kennels on the household’s rural looking lodge, the place Maggie and Paul had been discovered fatally shot with a rifle and shotgun, respectively.
However prosecutors dropped at mild a bombshell Snapchat video throughout that clearly positioned the South Carolina scion on the household’s Islandton looking lodge — revealing his voice as one amongst three clearly heard on the 50-second clip. The others belonged to Paul and Maggie.
Prosecutor Creighton Waters teased the video as “essential proof” throughout opening statements in late January.
In his sensational testimony, Murdaugh later admitted becoming a member of his spouse and son on the kennel, the place he’s heard snatching a hen away from Bubba.
“Come right here, Bubba!” Murdaugh’s voice says. “Come right here, Bubba!”
Murdaugh confessed to beforehand mendacity to authorities concerning the kennel hyperlink, blaming his habit on opioids for making a mistrust of police.
With further reporting by Dana Kennedy