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7 Reasons Why Alex Murdaugh's GPS and Cell Phone Might Be the Smoking Gun

Data evidence may put Alex Murdaugh at the scene of the crime, but is it enough to convict him? 

This week the prosecution called their final witnesses to the stand in the case against former attorney Alex Murdaugh, accused of murdering his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, on June 7, 2021 – and they may have saved their most damning evidence for last. On Friday, two SLED agents testified about GPS data taken from Alex's 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and cell phone data pertaining to the case, which may be the prosecution's smoking gun. 

Alex's Movements Follow the Prosecution's Timeline, Expert Claims

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SLED Agent Peter Rudofski testified that he has been working on the timeline of Alex Murdaugh's movements on June 7, 2021, for a year. It wasn't until last week that he got new data from General Motors about Murdaugh's 2021 Chevy Suburban.

The records show that Murdaugh left Moselle at 9:07 pm. According to the expert, he arrived at the Almeda property at 9:22 and left 21 minutes later at 9:43 pm. He arrived at Moselle at 10 pm. He left for the kennels at 10:05 pm and arrived a minute later when the 911 call was placed. At 10:11 pm, he drove back to the main home to allegedly get his shotgun. According to the report, he drove back to the kennel at 10:14 pm. 

He Drove By Where Maggie's Phone Was Found, Expert Claims

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The prosecution made sure to note that at 9.08.36pm, Alex allegedly drove by the exact location where Maggie's phone was found. However, during cross-examination, the defense pointed out that at the time Murdaugh drove past the area where Maggie's phone was found, he didn't slow down.

His Speed Also Comes Into Play


The prosecution also emphasized the speed Murdaugh was driving during the various legs of his journey. According to the report, on his way to his mother's, his speed hit 68mph. On his way home from visiting his parents at Almeda, he hit a peak speed of 80 mph. The speed limit is 55. Rudofski notes that the road was repaved after the murders, and it was dark at the time he was driving.

He also says there are also a lot of wild deer in the area running into the road. He says he wouldn't "run code" (emergency driving with lights on) at that time. on that road in its condition at the time. During most of his other drives during the day, his speed was around 40. 

Maggie and Paul's Phones Were Locked at 8:49 PM, Authorities Claim


Paul and Maggie's phones were active until 8:49 pm when they were both locked. This is when authorities believe the murders took place. Alex's phone was not used between 6:52 pm and 9:04 pm.

Maggie's Phone Was Moved After She Died, Authorities Claim

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Between 8:53 pm and 8:55 pm, Maggie's phone moved 59 steps, making several orientation changes along the way. This made authorities believe her phone was moved after her death. 

Alex's Phone Moved at 9:02 PM, Authorities Claim

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Alex's phone doesn't move between 8:09 pm and 9:02 pm. Between 9:02 pm and 9:06 pm, Alex's phone moved 283 steps. While the prosecution leads us to believe that this is because he doesn't pick up his phone until after the murders, the defense maintains that it matches up to the time that Murdaugh supposedly woke up from his nap in the main house. 

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Alex Called 911 20 Seconds After Arriving at the Kennels, Authorities Claim

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Murdaugh arrived back at Moselle at 10:05.57 pm and made the 911 call at 10:06.14 pm, less than 20 seconds later. In previous interviews with authorities, he said that once he arrived back at the kennels, he checked both bodies for pulses and tried to turn Paul's body over. During cross-examination, the defense tried to insinuate that he could have seen the bodies as he pulled up with his headlights, and 20 seconds would have been more than enough time to call authorities. 

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