Alex Murdaugh Trial: Housekeeper Says Disgraced Attorney Asked Her To Clean House After Wife, Son Were Murdered
Alex Murdaugh, right, speaks with defense attorney Jim Griffin during his murder trial at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.
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A housekeeper who worked for disgraced former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh’s family testified Friday at his trial that she was asked to clean the family home the morning after Murdaugh’s wife and son were murdered.

Blanca Turrubiate-Simpson, a housekeeper who had worked for the family for more than 10 years, testified that she was asked to clean the home the morning after the murders, CNN reported, and said the house felt odd when she entered.

“It was just a weird feeling,” Turrubiate-Simpson testified, according to Buzzfeed News. “When I unlocked the front door to get in, it felt cold.”

Murdaugh is on trial for allegedly killing his wife, Maggie, and youngest son, Paul.

Turrubiate-Simpson said she noticed several things that seemed strange as she moved throughout the house, such as the pots from the dinner she had prepared the night before being put away when they were usually left for her the next morning.

“It was kind of unusual,” she told jurors.

She also found Maggie’s pajamas laid out neatly on the floor of the doorway leading to the laundry room, something the housekeeper said wouldn’t normally happen.

“That was very unusual. She wouldn’t leave her clothes out like that. Not in the middle of the door like that,” Turrubiate-Simpson testified. “It just didn’t look right to me.”

It also appeared as though someone had showered in the home since she found a puddle of water on the floor next to the shower, a damp towel, a pair of khaki pants, and a white T-shirt.

Turrubiate-Simpson also said that Maggie seemed reluctant to come to the family’s hunting lodge the day she was killed, as she preferred to stay at the family’s beach house. The housekeeper testified that Maggie told her that Alex had asked his wife to come to the hunting lodge that day.

“She kind of sounded like she didn’t want to come home,” Turrubiate-Simpson testified.

The housekeeper also spoke about Alex Murdaugh’s attire changing on the day his wife and son were murdered. She testified that he had been wearing khaki pants and a seafoam green polo shirt, which was captured on a Snapchat post filmed by Paul Murdaugh earlier in the day. Murdaugh was wearing a clean white shirt and shorts when he was interviewed by police after the murders. Turrubiate-Simpson said she washed a pair of khakis but never saw the polo shirt or the shoes Murdaugh wore.

A couple of months after the murders, Turrubiate-Simpson testified, Murdaugh seemingly tried to tell her he was wearing something different on the day of the murders rather than the polo she remembered.

“It didn’t feel like he was inquiring,” Turrubiate-Simpson testified. “It felt more like he was trying to convince me of the shirt that he was wearing.”

Defense attorneys used the housekeeper’s testimony to claim the crime scene wasn’t properly protected.

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