Ex-attorney sentenced to life in prison

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Former South Carolina attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences Friday after being convicted of murder in the deaths of his wife and son.

Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and Paul Murdaugh, 22, were killed near dog kennels at the family’s home in June 2021. After listening to more than five weeks of testimony from over 75 witnesses — including Murdaugh himself — and visiting the crime scene, the jury took less than three hours Thursday to find Murdaugh, 54, guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon in the commitment of a violent crime.

Prosecutor after verdict: ‘Justice was done’

Waters said in his closing argument Wednesday the state’s circumstantial evidence showed Murdaugh had the means, motive and opportunity to commit the crime and his lies after the killings confirmed his guilt. Waters said Murdaugh, a member of a prominent legal dynasty that ran a prosecutors office in Hampton County for more than 80 years, killed his family to prevent his alleged financial crimes from being exposed and ruining his family’s legacy and his successful law practice.

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