SC v. Alex Murdaugh: Daily Trial Highlights

Posted at 12:51 PM, January 18, 2023 and last updated 12:38 PM, March 3, 2023

WALTERBORO, S.C. (Court TV) — The once-prominent heir to a low country legal dynasty has been given two life sentences for the murders of his wife and youngest son. The sentence came one day after a jury convicted Alex Murdaugh of killing Maggie Murdaugh and Paul Murdaugh.


Disbarred attorney Murdaugh, 54, stood accused of fatally shooting 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh and 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh on June 7, 2021. Their bodies were found near the dog kennels on the family’s 1,770-acre estate in Islandton.

Murdaugh initially claimed he was at his mother’s home at the time of the shooting, while authorities said blood splatter allegedly found on his clothing indicated that he, too, was at the dog kennels when his wife and son were killed.

Murdaugh called 911 at 10:07 p.m. to report finding Maggie and Paul deceased. His attorneys claimed their client checked the bodies for signs of life, which ultimately transferred blood onto his hands and clothes.

Over two-days of testimony, Murdaugh admitted to lying about his whereabouts but insisted he did not kill his wife and youngest son. He testified he last saw Maggie and Paul alive at the kennels before returning to the house, laying down for a few minutes and then leaving to visit his mother.

Evidence shown in Alex Murdaugh’s trial for murder at the Colleton County Courthouse on Thursday, February 2, 2023. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool)

Prosecutors claimed Murdaugh murdered his wife and son to gain sympathy ahead of a “pending motion that threatened to expose years of substantial debts and illicit financial crimes,” reported The Associated Press.

In a shocking turn of events, Murdaugh was shot three months later while changing a tire on a rural road. Authorities quickly unraveled a murder-for-hire plot that would allow Murdaugh’s oldest son to receive a $10 million insurance payout. Curtis Edward Smith, the allegedly gunman and former client of Murdaugh, is accused of conspiring with Murdaugh. The duo was indicted for the alleged scheme in Nov. 2021.

RELATED: A timeline of events surrounding Alex Murdaugh’s charges

As of January 2023, Murdaugh faced 106 grand jury criminal charges, including murder, drugs, and financial fraud dating back to at least 2011. He is also named a defendant in three separate civil suits. He has been disbarred, and his assets frozen.

Court TV was selected as pool for the Alex Murdaugh trial and responsible for recording it, gavel-to-gavel.



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Lead prosecutor Creighton Waters delivers the opening statement for the State, followed by Alex Murdaugh’s defense attorney Dick Harpootlian.




Field producer Tiffany Smith, documentary producer Emily Kean, Crime & Justice Correspondent Matt Johnson and digital content manager Ivy Brown contributed to this report.


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Bodycam Footage at Crime Scene #2

Inside Moselle House Bodycam

Alex Murdaugh’s Birthday Video

Paul Murdaugh’s Cell Phone Video Before Killings

Snapchat Video Shows Murdaugh in Different Clothes Day of Murders

Alex Murdaugh Interrogation Video #1

Bodycam of Murdaugh Crime Scene #1

Drone Footage of Moselle Rd.