Alex was a victim of a murder trial Murdaugh, the A disgraced South Carolina lawyer, accused of the murders his wife and son was closing in on Thursday. the Mysteries, ways and machinations from a fallen legal family.
The closing arguments are now complete the The jury started deliberating about whether Mr. MurdaughMaggie (54), was shot to death by her husband. MurdaughPaul (52), and his younger brother, Paul MurdaughNear 22 the Dog kennels the family’s rural hunting estate in Islandton, S.C., in June 2021.
The prosecution argued that Mr. Murdaugh committed the To divert attention away from his financial ineptitudes, they claimed were about to become public. He testified in his defense. Murdaugh On the He admitted that he had stolen millions from his client’s law firm but kept his innocence. the His wife and his son are both dead.
Here’s what to know about the case:
Murdaugh Was at the crime scene.
He finally admitted that after denying the truth for 20+ months, he had been at the Alex was found dead in his dog kennels after his wife and son were killed by gunshots. Murdaugh He confessed to lying about where he was. He actually testified that he was at the The kennels were briefly used that night before being taken away. the murders.
But the Only after his son Paul captured a video that confirmed his presence at court, was he allowed admission.
Take the Stand in your defense Mr. Murdaugh According to his lawyer, he said that he only had been there for about a minute and then left. the He was driven from his home to visit his mother, who lives about fifteen minutes away. He claimed that he came back an hour later and found his relatives dead.
He laid the blame for his lies on the Paranoia and distrust by police are two reasons why paranoia was sparked from opiate dependence. the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is a state-funded investigative agency. Mr. Murdaugh He testified that he feared that the admission that he was at would be made. the kennels before the The murder of another person would be a crime the He will be treated as suspect by police
“I lied about being down there,” He said: “and I’m so sorry that I did.”
It is difficult to find any physical evidence. the case.
For Mr. Murdaugh’s account of his whereabouts on the Night of the killings.
Their case was thwarted by the lack of evidence. Investigators haven’t found the They claim that Mrs. MurdaughThey have not found any the Paul was shotgunned to death Murdaugh.
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On the other hand, there was not any blood. the white shirt that Mr. Murdaugh was wearing when police arrived after he called 911 — it would have been covered in blood and body matter, his lawyers argued — and the Mrs. Murdaugh’s fingernails.
Mr. Murdaugh’s lawyers sought to portray the Police investigate as lazy, noting that Mrs. Murdaugh’s phone from the Day of the Killings have been overwritten Two deputies were from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office admitted that tire tracks from the The crime scene was driven to and stepped upon, while another deputy claimed he had walked close to one. the victims’ bodies without covering his shoes.
Defence lawyers noted, too. the Police had made a statement the days after the No immediate threat of killing the Public existed. They argued that this was an indicator of the fact that public existed. the Only Mr. Murdaugh.
Jim Griffin (defense lawyer) stated that the Police “failed miserably in investigating this case.” Mr. Murdaugh His argument would have been rebutted, he said. “had they done a competent job.”
Even if the accused is found innocent, Murdaugh’s testimony will likely hurt him in future cases.
You can find more information here the Day of the killings, the The chief financial officer at Mr. Murdaugh’s law firm confronted him, accusing him of pocketing about $800,000 in lawyer fees that he was supposed to have deposited into the firm’s account.
Mr. Murdaugh He was later charged with numerous financial crimes. The prosecutors allege that he stole approximately $8.8 million. He admitted under oath many of these crimes in 2019, including the embezzlement of $3.7million. That’s the His son Paul, 19, was also charged in the same year with drunkenly driving a boat onto a bridge and killing Mallory Beach, 19.
Mr. Murdaugh He maintained that he believes that his son was being targeted by unknown assailants or assailants due to his involvement in the investigation. the crash.
According to the prosecution, Murdaugh’s lies to convince the He is not trusted by the jury
Apart from a variety of financial crimes, Mr. Murdaugh He testified that he had a history of long-term addiction to painkillers, and an inclination to lie. The prosecution seized on that admission — how readily, and easily, he had lied to the police, his family and friends — in an attempt to convince the Jury found him lying to the jury about having not killed his son and wife.
One point: the Creighton Waters was the lead prosecutor and held up stacks of documents relating to clients that Mr. Murdaugh From.
“Every single one of these, you had to sit down and look somebody in the eye and convince them that you were on their side, when you were not, correct?” He asked the question while directly looking at the jury.
“What I admit is I misled them, I did wrong, and that I stole their money,” Mr. Murdaugh responded.
In turn, Mr. Murdaugh’s lawyers portrayed his acknowledgment of his lies as a willingness to come clean — that he recognized his shortcomings, but had never been violent and would never have carried out the murders.
Relatives who survived were included Murdaugh’s most ardent defenders — to a point.
Friends and loved ones said “Mr. Murdaugh Sadly, he was killed by the John Marvin, his brother, was killed in the murders Murdaugh Testifying to the fact that he “would have to create a new word to describe how distraught he was.”
Alex Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster MurdaughHe testified that his father was “destroyed” “heartbroken” after the killings. He said that he had spoken to his father approximately 20 minutes after the prosecutors stated. the Alex was the victim of murders Murdaugh The sound was audible “normal” — at a time that Mr. Murdaugh’s lawyers say he had yet to discover the The bodies of his son and wife.
However, Mr. Murdaugh’s sister-in-law, Marian Proctor, who testified for the prosecution, said he seemed more concerned with protecting Paul’s reputation than with learning who had killed his son. She said she began questioning her brother-in-law’s account about three months after the Murders when Mr. Murdaugh’s firm fired him and accused him of stealing millions of dollars over many years.
When Ms. Proctor asked him who might have murdered his wife — Ms. Proctor’s only sister — and his son, Mr. Murdaugh Her response was cryptic, she replied.
“He said that he did not know who it was, but he felt like whoever did it had thought about it for a long time,” Ms. Proctor spoke. “I just didn’t know what that meant.”