Former lawyer guilty in wife and son’s death


A South Carolina jury found disbarred attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh guilty of murder in the 2021 killings of his wife and son.

Murdaugh, 54, was found guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Murdaugh’s wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were found fatally shot near dog kennels at the family’s home on June 7, 2021. Murdaugh admitted in court that he lied to investigators when he told them he was not at the kennels before finding their bodies.

After the verdict was read, Judge Clifton Newman scheduled Murdaugh’s sentencing at 9:30 a.m. Friday and thanked the jurors for their service. The minimum sentence for murder is 30 years in prison. The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is seeking life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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