Murdaugh Found Guilty

Alex Murdaugh is a former South Carolina lawyer who has been implicated in the deaths of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and his son, Paul Murdaugh. Both were found shot to death on the family’s property in June 2021. Alex Murdaugh initially claimed that he discovered their bodies after returning from an outing, but later admitted to having arranged for someone to shoot him in the head in a botched suicide attempt.

Since then, the investigation into the deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh has continued, and Alex Murdaugh has been the subject of intense inspection.

Now, South Carolina jury has found once-prominent attorney Alex Murdaugh guilty on all counts in the deaths of his wife and son.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours before convicting him on two counts of murder and two counts of using a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Murdaugh showed little emotion as the verdicts were read.

The 54-year-old took the stand in his own defense. He was found guilty of using a rifle to kill his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and a shotgun to kill his son Paul, 22. They died on the night of June 7, 2021, at the family’s sprawling Moselle hunting estate in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region.

Before he was disbarred, Murdaugh was an influential attorney in South Carolina and belongs to one of the most prominent families in the state.

“Justice was done today,” prosecutor Creighton Waters said after the verdict. “It doesn’t matter who your family is. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or people think you have. It doesn’t matter what you think how prominent you are. If you do wrong, if you break the law, if you murder, then justice will be done in South Carolina.”

Judge Clifton Newman described the evidence of guilt in the case against Murdaugh as “overwhelming” and denied a request from the defense to declare a mistrial.

The judge’s comments concluded the six-week trial, which fascinated South Carolina — and the nation. Media coverage included live broadcasts of the trial itself, true crime podcasts and a docuseries on Netflix.

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