February 17, 2023
Criminal defense attorney Rachel Fiset, the managing partner of the Los Angeles-based law firm Zweiback, Fiset & Zalduendo, spoke to Newsweek and reflected on the latest revelations in the case.
Fiset said: “The police interactions on the night of the murders could be interpreted in a variety of ways. He is visibly upset, but he appears to go in and out of what some may interpret as a rehearsed story.
“He offers a motive for the murders almost immediately upon the police arriving and seems to seek confirmation that both his wife and son are deceased in a way that could be interpreted as making sure they cannot contradict the stories he is telling.”
Court filings said that Maggie Murdaugh had been shot five times with an assault rifle while Paul Murdaugh had been shot twice at close range with a shotgun, according to a report in the Rolling Stone.
Alex Murdaugh has maintained that he wasn’t at the scene of the crime and later discovered the mother and son’s bodies near the dog kennels at the estate.
Fiset outlined other concerning aspects of Alex Murdaugh’s behavior during his initial interaction with the police.
She said: “[Alex Murdaugh] also begins to lay the groundwork regarding the timing of his actions that night, which sets up his alibi of time spent with his mother with Alzheimer’s disease and his sick father—neither of whom would be able to reliably confirm when he was actually away from his home.”
Fiset observed that it was “striking how clean his clothes are in the video.” She said: “The fact that he did not have any blood on his clothes given the bloody murder scene at the kennels may strike the jury as extremely unusual.”