Why Did Alex Murdaugh Have Dog Kennels?

by Rajitha Reddy

On Wednesday, the jury in the trial of Alex Murdaugh for the double murder of his wife and son traveled to the expansive hunting estate owned by the family, known as Moselle, in South Carolina. There, they saw the room in which the defendant’s wife and son took their final breaths in June of 2021.

Around thirty minutes to the west of the Colleton County Courthouse lies the secluded Islandton property, where the panel of twelve jurors, two alternates, and both legal teams were transported in three vans.

In the back of a pick-up truck driven by law enforcement, Judge Clifton Newman followed the procession.

The jurors have listened to extensive testimony regarding the 1,700-acre estate that is located at 4147 Moselle Rd. and has been the primary residence of the family ever since they purchased it in 2013.

Why Did Alex Murdaugh Have Dog Kennels?

An image of Alex Murdaugh is included here. In Islandton, South Carolina, deputies set up the area in preparation for the arrival of jurors who will be viewing Moselle. (This post was written by Mark Sims for Fox News Digital)

The prosecution believes that Alex Murdaugh killed his son Paul, age 22, with a shotgun and his wife Maggie, age 52, with a rifle on June 7, 2021, close to the dog kennels on the property, in order to divert attention from the fact that he is suspected of stealing nearly $9 million of client money. The shotgun was used to kill Paul, and the rifle was used to kill Maggie.

At 9:41 in the morning, the vans drove up to the entrance of the kennel while deputies guarded the road. The tour was documented by a reporter, along with a pool photographer and videographer.

On March 1, 2023, the primary residence located on the Murdaugh Moselle property can be seen in Islandton. Pool image courtesy of Andrew J. Whitaker of The Post and Courier.

The members of the jury made their way along the overgrown path that connected the kennel area and the shed.

One of the jurors peered inside the feed room, which was attached to the end of the kennels. This was the location where Paul had been fatally shot and his brain was discovered near his feet. While Newman, dressed in ordinary clothes, kept a close eye on things.

Additionally present were the Attorney General for the state of South Carolina, Alan Wilson, and defense attorney Dick Harpootlian.

Maggie Murdaugh was shot and killed close to the dog house, and her husband Paul Murdaugh was shot and killed in the feed room at the far right end of the dog kennels.

Some of the Colleton County deputies who were present are essential witnesses in the investigation. These deputies include Detective Laura Rutland, who was present during Murdaugh’s initial interview, and Sergeant Daniel Greene, who was among the first people to arrive at the scene of the crime.