Pathologist dismisses defense theory of Murdaugh killings

Ellen Riemer testifies as a rebuttal witness

dr Ellen Riemer, far right, testifies as a rebuttal witness at the Alex Murdaugh double murder trial. at left, in Colleton County, SC, on February 28, 2023.

The pathologist who performed the autopsies on Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son questioned defense claims about how Maggie Murdaugh and Paul Murdaugh were shot and killed as the state lined up a series of contradicting witnesses in Colleton County on Tuesday.

“Let’s talk a little bit about Paul,” prosecutor Creighton Waters said. “You heard the defense pathologist and his later expert talk about the fact that there was contact with the top of Paul’s head. Is that correct?”

dr Ellen Riemer said yes, and the two went on to discuss her specific reaction to the defense witnesses’ claims, given that she had actually performed the autopsy on Paul Murdaugh.

“The entrance was at the top of the left shoulder and then went into the left side of the head before exiting the top of the head,” Riemer said, denying the claims made by coroner Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat and coroner Timothy Palmbach on Monday, who testified that Paul Murdaugh was likely killed by a contact blast – meaning the shotgun barrel was pressed against his head. Riemer believes the gun was about three feet away when it was fired. Pathologist dismisses defense theory of Murdaugh killings

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