Alex Murdaugh Found Guilty of Murdering Wife And Son

One of the biggest trials in South Carolina history has reached its verdict. Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty of murdering his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and son, Paul Murdaugh. The disbarred lawyer has not yet been sentenced, though according to CNN prosecutors will seek life in prison instead of the death penalty.

The murders connected to Alex Murdaugh have already been covered by two major docuseries — HBO’s Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty and Netflix’s Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal. This has been an extraordinarily complicated trial. The prosecution has argued that the crime scene was mishandled by investigators in several crucial ways. Also, a family gun and a set of Murdaugh’s have yet to be found. The defense has argued that there is no direct evidence connecting Murdaugh to the murder of his wife and son. There are no eye witnesses, forensic evidence, or surveillance footage of the crime.

Adding to the chaos, a juror was removed for discussing the case outside of court the day deliberations were supposed to begin. An alternate juror was used, but it was another wrinkle in this trial full of them. Now the jury has reached its verdict.

The criminal charges for the murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh are just four of the litany of charges against the Murdaugh patriarch. As of December of 2022, Alex Murdaugh faced 106 grand jury criminal charges ranging from financial fraud to murder. In addition to those aforementioned four charges connected to murders of his wife and son, Murdaugh is facing three charges due to his murder-for-hire scheme, two charges related to narcotics distribution, nine charges of tax evasion, and 88 other criminal charges for embezzlement and fraud. He’s also one of the defendants in the Mallory Beach wrongful death suit as well as involved in lawsuits with both Forge Consulting and Manuel Santis-Cristiani. It’s possible that the charges against Murdaugh will increase as the full extent of his crimes continue to come to light. Prior to this trial, Murdaugh was fired from his law firm, disbarred, and incarcerated. His assets were also seized.

Murdaugh’s embezzlement and fraud schemes can be traced back to at least 2011. But his misdeeds weren’t fully investigated until around 2019. In February of that year, Murdaugh’s son Paul was driving a boat full of his friends while intoxicated. He hit a bridge, an accident which resulted in the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach. Paul Murdaugh was charged with three felonies for Beach’s death, and the ensuing case led to an investigation into Murdaugh’s alleged financial wrongdoing. It only spiraled from there.

While Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial, he and his mother were killed by gunshot near the dog kennels of the family’s hunting estate. Shockingly, the deaths connected to this family do not end there.

In 2015, 19-year-old Stephen Smith was found dead of blunt force trauma in the middle of a road in Hampton County. The case was ruled a hit-and-run, but rumors pointed to Buster Murdaugh, who was allegedly in a relationship with Smith for a period of time. Then in 2018 Gloria Satterfield, the Murdaugh’s longtime housekeeper, suffered a severe head injury after falling down the stairs of the Moselle estate — the same property where Paul and Maggie would eventually be killed. Both Smith and Satterfield’s cases have been reopened.

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