Alex Murdaugh found guilty for murder of wife and son
Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty by the jury in his double murder trial for the brutal slaying of his wife and son. It took jurors less than three hours to reach a verdict.
The 54-year-old disbarred attorney was convicted of two counts of murder and two weapons charges after a dramatic six-week “trial of the century” inside the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina. He faces life in prison on the charges.
After the verdict was read, Judge Clifton Newman said: “The evidence of guilt is overwhelming.”
In convicting Murdaugh, the jury determined beyond a reasonable doubt that he shot dead his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, on the grounds of the wealthy family’s 1,700-acre Moselle hunting estate in Islandton, South Carolina, on 7 June 2021.
The jury reached its unanimous verdict after hearing almost six weeks of testimony in a case that has enthralled the country for almost two years.
Central to the trial was a damning cellphone video taken by Paul just minutes before he and his mother were killed that placed Murdaugh at the scene at the time of the murders.
Sentencing is scheduled for 9.30am on Friday.
A minute-by-minute timeline of the night Maggie and Paul were murdered
Cell phone and GPS data establishes an exhaustive timeline of events around the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, Oliver O’Connell writes:
Maroosha Muzaffar3 March 2023 09:15
All the key figures in the Alex Murdaugh trial
For years, the Murdaughs reigned over the local justice system and mingled in powerful circles.
Now, the brutal double murders have brought to light a series of scandals surrounding Mr Murdaugh including unexplained deaths, a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme and a botched hitman plot – in a sprawling saga that touches many across the lowcountry.
Here’s some of the key players in the case:
Oliver O’Connell3 March 2023 08:45
Buster Murdaugh remains stoic as father Alex is convicted of killing his brother Paul and mother Maggie
A stoic Buster Murdaugh kept his emotions close to his chest as he watched the moment his father Alex was convicted of killing his brother Paul and mother Maggie.
His father turned to him and mouthed “it’s okay” as the verdict was handed down.
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Maroosha Muzaffar3 March 2023 08:15
Murdaugh is found guilty of brutal murders of wife and son
He faces up to life in prison on the charges.
Oliver O’Connell3 March 2023 07:45
ICYMI: Who is Alex Murdaugh?
The man now found guilty of murder of his wife and son is facing more than 100 other criminal charges over an alleged white collar fraud spree and a botched hitman plot.
Read the full story by Rachel Sharp here:
Maroosha Muzaffar3 March 2023 07:15
Voice: We knew the Alex Murdaugh case was complicated, however…
Oliver O’Connell3 March 2023 06:45
Murders, million-dollar fraud and mystery deaths: The story of Alex Murdaugh’s spectacular fall from grace
Powerful legal scion Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty of the murders of his wife and son. But this is far from the only twist in a bizarre and sprawling tale of unexplained deaths, hitman plots and multi-million-dollar fraud schemes, writes Rachel Sharp:
The ‘trial of the century’ is now under way in a courtroom in South Carolina where powerful legal scion Alex Murdaugh is charged with the brutal double murder of his wife and son. But this is far from the only twist in a bizarre and sprawling tale of unexplained deaths, hitman plots and multi-million-dollar fraud schemes, writes Rachel Sharp
Maroosha Muzaffar3 March 2023 06:15
Parker Law Group says verdict brings ‘justice and some closure’
Parker Law Group, the firm created after PMPED disbanded, issued a statement following AlexMurdaugh’s guilty verdict yesterday, mourning the loss of Maggie and Paul who “died tragically”.
In the statement, the firm said: “The actions of Alex Murdaugh are shocking to us all. Tonight’s verdict, which was rendered after a thorough and fair trial, brings justice and some closure to this awful matter.
“Maggie and Paul died tragically and for reasons, we may never fully comprehend. They were much beloved, and we will forever mourn their loss.”
On 4 January, partners with Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth and Detrick, PA (PMPED) announced that the Hampton, South Carolina-based law firm is transitioning to Parker Law Group.
Maroosha Muzaffar3 March 2023 05:45
Watch: ‘If you do wrong, if you break the law, if you murder then justice will be done’
Oliver O’Connell3 March 2023 05:45
Who were the key players in Alex Murdaugh murder trial?
Read the full story by Rachel Sharp here:
Maroosha Muzaffar3 March 2023 05:30