less than three hours of deliberation, a jury of 12 people found Alex Murdaugh guilty of shooting dead both his wife and kid on Thursday.
Without asking the judge a single question while deliberating the case, the jury found Murdaugh, 54, guilty of two counts each of murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Murdaugh appeared broken as the clerk announced the shocking decision. Buster, his lone surviving son, sat in the audience while wiping his face and shaking his head in shock. He didn’t seem to cry, though.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed. But, until he’s sentenced, we will have no further comment,” Murdaugh’s attorney, Jim Griffin said.
“What a tremendous day for the state of South Carolina,” said Alan Wilson, the state’s attorney general, to the roughly 100 reporters waiting outside the Colleton County Courthouse for the press conference following the verdict.
Murdaugh was heckled by a few onlookers as he left the courthouse. Buster was led by Murdaugh’s family as they left the courthouse through a guarded entrance.
The panel’s judgment, which could result in Murdaugh serving a life sentence, was reached after a grueling six-week trial during which 76 witnesses testified. The sentencing is set for Friday at 9:30.
The family’s estate, Moselle, was the scene of Murdaugh’s alleged use of a shotgun to kill his son Paul, 22, and a rifle to murder his wife Maggie, 52, on June 7, 2021.
According to Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters, the disbarred lawyer committed the double murders to avoid a disastrous financial reckoning.
The affluent descendant of a once-dominant legal family has admitted he is a drug user and a crook who is accused of defrauding his law company and clients of about $9 million.
He, however, denied murdering his kid and wife.
A cellphone video that was found on Paul’s phone in 2022 and showed Alex with the victims four minutes before they were allegedly shot to death at 8:50 p.m. was the most devastating piece of evidence against Murdaugh.