«Call me baby.»

That was Alex Murdaugh’s last text message to his wife, prosecutors revealed during the second week of the double murder trial in which Murdaugh, a prominent disgraced South Carolina lawyer, is accused of killing his wife and his youngest son.

Prosecutors argued in court Tuesday that Murdaugh had sent the message, without reading it, shortly after he shot and killed Margaret, Maggie and Paul Murdaugh on June 7, 2021. Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty to murder charges and possession of weapons in the case.

Lt. Britt Dove of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) testified that he had processed the phones belonging to Murdaugh, Maggie and Paul.

Prosecutors inquired about the activation of the camera on the phone for a second shortly after 9 pm on the night of the murders.

Alex Murdaugh at the Colleton County courthouse on TuesdayGrace Beahm Alford / The Post and Courier via AP, Pool

“It looks like the phone is moving and the camera kicks in in the background to see if it would recognize someone’s face unlocking it,” Dove testified.

Seconds later, the phone’s orientation changed, suggesting someone picked up the phone again by hand, Dove testified.

Dove said Maggie’s phone had been in airplane mode with Wi-Fi turned off, but had still captured activity on the device, including three separate calls from her husband before receiving their last text message.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys also zeroed in on a five-word sentence Murdaugh said in an interview with police three days after the murders.

Prosecutors alleged that Murdaugh said, «I did so badly,» while talking about his murdered son, Paul.

However, the defense argued that Murdaugh said, «They did it very badly,» and even played a slowed-down version of the audio recording for the jury.

Jeff Croft, a senior special agent for SLED, maintained in his testimony that he heard Murdaugh say «I» in his interview with investigators.

Defense attorneys then questioned why Croft had only made a self-described «mental note» of Murdaugh’s phrase, if he believed it might have been a confession.

“It’s definitely something we would stick with,” Croft said.

In June 2021, authorities found Maggie Murdaugh and Paul Murdaugh shot to death near kennels on their family property about 65 miles south of Charleston after Murdaugh called 911.

He was charged with their murders more than a year later, in July 2022.

Prosecutors and the defense revealed gruesome details about the crime scene in their opening statements last week.

Creighton Waters, the state’s lead prosecutor in the case, said Paul Murdaugh had been shot multiple times with buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun, and that Maggie Murdaugh had multiple gunshot wounds from a rifle.

Dick Harpootlian, Murdaugh’s lawyer, said Paul had been found «lying in his own blood with his brain at his feet», prompting his father to break down in tears.

If convicted, Murdaugh faces up to 30 years in prison.