March 2, 2023
Criminal defense attorney Rachel Fiset, the managing partner of the Los Angeles-based law firm Zweiback, Fiset & Zalduendo, spoke to Newsweek ahead of the trial’s closing arguments and also highlighted how strong the prosecution’s case was.
She said: “The prosecution should also focus on the timeline of events that place Alex Murdaugh at the scene very close in time to the murders as well as his continued misrepresentations to investigators that he was not there on the night of the murders.
“Murdaugh’s lie regarding his whereabouts immediately before the murders makes it look like he was covering up something and arguments to that effect should be made to help persuade the jury to convict.”
The two attorneys did note, however, that during the trial Alex Murdaugh’s defense had success at “poking holes” in the prosecution’s arguments.
Fiset said that the defense would do their best to argue that the investigation into Murdaugh has been done “poorly” and “key evidence exonerating Murdaugh could have been lost.”
She added that the defense has made the arguments repeatedly that there is reasonable doubt due to the “loving family member” image they have created of Alex Murdaugh.