Jurors in Alex Murdaugh trial speak out about what led to conviction
Alex Murdaugh’s brother Randy has broken his silence days after his sibling was convicted of murdering his wife Maggie and son Paul in a brutal crime that shocked South Carolina’s lowcountry and captured the nation’s attention for the best part of two years.
Randy became the first family member of the disgraced attorney to speak out after the trial, revealing what he really thinks happened on the night of the murders.
“He knows more than what he’s saying,” Randy told The New York Times. “He’s not telling the truth, in my opinion, about everything there.”
His comments come as four jurors have now spoken out about how they reached their verdict in the case, saying Murdaugh did more harm than good by taking the stand to testify in his own defence.
They agreed that the key piece of evidence that proved Murdaugh’s guilt was a damning cellphone video captured by Paul minutes before he and his mother were gunned down.
In total, it took the jury less than three hours to return a unanimous guilty verdict on all charges over the 7 June 2021 slayings. He will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.
ICYMI: Why did Alex Murdaugh kill his wife and son? Here’s the motive presented by prosecutors
Alex Murdaugh will now spend the rest of his years behind bars after being sentenced to life in prison for the heinous double murder of his wife Maggie and son Paul.
Jurors took less than three hours to reach their unanimous verdict, deciding that – beyond any reasonable doubt – Murdaugh killed his wife and son that fateful night.
But why did he do it? More in this report:
Namita Singh7 March 2023 11:15
Key revelations from the Alex Murdaugh trial
It’s a dramatic saga that now includes murder, a botched hitman plot, multi-million-dollar fraud schemes and a series of unexplained deaths.
The now-disbarred attorney denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.
After six weeks of dramatic testimony at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, the jury took less than three hours to return a guilty verdict. Murdaugh was then sentenced to life in prison.
Here are the key revelations from the trial:
Oliver O’Connell7 March 2023 10:45
Three bodies, 1,700 acres and a whole lot of hogs: Inside Alex Murdaugh’s $4m Moselle estate
The Moselle estate had a mysterious past even before Maggie and Paul’s murders with ties to a suspected drug smuggler and a housekeeper’s fatal fall, reports Rachel Sharp:
Namita Singh7 March 2023 10:15
Buster Murdaugh calls the police on photographers following him days after father jailed
Alex Murdaugh’s only surviving son filed a police complaint over the weekend about being harassed by national media reporters.
In the report filed before Beaufort County Sheriff’s office on Sunday, Buster Murdaugh informed them about pictures published in the New York Post showing him and his girlfriend inside his Hilton Head home.
Namita Singh7 March 2023 09:45
SNL cold open muddles Rupert Murdoch’s Fox defamation case and Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial
Saturday Night Live’s cold open poked fun at the legal troubles of two powerful figures this week – by hilariously muddling Rupert Murdoch and Fox News’ defamation lawsuit with Alex Murdaugh and his double murder trial.
Namita Singh7 March 2023 09:15
Murdaugh attorney makes bizarre – chicken-related – Twitter return
On Saturday, defence attorney Jim Griffin tweeted a photo of himself with his face in a wooden cut-out photo prop of a cowboy riding a chicken.
“Walterboro, you were a gracious host. Happy Trails,” he wrote.
Oliver O’Connell7 March 2023 08:45
What’s next for Alex Murdaugh after guilty trial verdict and life prison sentence?
Disgraced legal scion Alex Murdaugh will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of the brutal murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul.
Jurors took less than three hours to reach the verdict after hearing how he had gunned down his wife Maggie and son Paul on the family’s sprawling 1,700-acre Moselle estate in Islandton, South Carolina, back on 7 June 2021. He continued to claim his innocence as he received two consecutive life sentences on 3 March.
Namita Singh7 March 2023 08:15
Murdaugh testimony only confirmed his guilt, jurors say
Alex Murdaugh didn’t help his defense when he took the stand at his trial for the murder of his wife and son, three jurors said on Monday.
Murdaugh’s testimony only managed to cement what they were already thinking — that he easily lied and could turn on and off his tears at will, the jurors said on the NBC Today show.
The key piece of evidence in finding the lawyer guilty, they said, was a video on his son’s cellphone that was shot minutes before the killings at the same kennels near where the bodies were found at their sprawling estate in rural South Carolina.
Murdaugh’s voice can be heard on the video even though he insisted for 20 months that he hadn’t been at the kennels that night. Investigators didn’t see the video for more than a year before advances in hacking enabled them to unlock Paul Murdaugh’s iPhone. They shared it with the defense ahead of the trial.
When he took the stand, the first thing Murdaugh did was admit he had lied to investigators about being at the kennels, saying he was paranoid of law enforcement because he was addicted to opioids and had pills in his pocket the night of the killings.“The kennel video, that just kind of sealed the deal,” juror Gwen Generette said.
The jury deliberated for less than three hours Thursday before finding Murdaugh guilty of killing his 22-year-old son, Paul, with two shotgun blasts and his 52-year-old wife, Maggie, with four or five rifle shots.
Namita Singh7 March 2023 07:45
Why did Alex Murdaugh kill his wife and son?
Here’s how the prosecution laid out the potential motive for the murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.
Oliver O’Connell7 March 2023 06:45
Buster Murdaugh calls police after being harassed by media
Buster Murdaugh, the only surviving son of murderer Alex Murdaugh, has filed a police complaint over the weekend about being harassed by national media reporters.
Alex Murdaugh was convicted last week for murdering his wife Margaret and youngest son Paul.
In the report filed before Beaufort County Sheriff’s office on Sunday, Mr Murdaugh informed them about pictures published in the New York Post showing him and his girlfriend inside his Hilton Head home.
He told the police that they reviewed Ring camera video and “observed a suspicious grey Dodge Challenger” lingering outside their house at 6.39pm on 4 March.
“Buster said he and his girlfriend [Brooklynn White] reviewed Ring camera video from the residence and observed a suspicious grey Dodge Challenger outside the residence on Saturday evening,” reported the Daily Beast citing police report.
“Buster believes the occupant of this vehicle took the photo, judging by Buster’s position in the residence when the photo was captured. No other identifiable vehicle or suspect information was noted.”
According to the report, police will deploy extra patrol cars around his resident, further advicing him to contact the sheriff’s office “if he or his girlfriend note anything suspicious outside.”
Soon after, Mr Murdaugh’s girlfriend contacted the authorities, informing them about “being followed by the media” in a grey Chevrolet SUV.The suspicious car was followed by the police for “speeding and making improper lane change”.
The driver, with camera bag in passenger seat was released after being warned about the traffic violation.
Namita Singh7 March 2023 06:14
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