Multiple media outlets are reporting that disbarred South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh will take the stand in his own defense – assuming a Covid-19 outbreak on the jury doesn’t cause a mistrial in this high-profile double homicide case.
The move – which would be incredibly risky – was reported almost simultaneously on Monday afternoon by Andrew Davis of WSAV TV-3 (NBC – Savannah) and Riley Benson of WCBD TV-2 (NBC – Charleston, S.C.). Both Davis and Benson cited a “source close to the defense” in their almost simultaneous tweets breaking the news (here and here).
To recap: Murdaugh stands accused of killing his wife, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, and youngest son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh, on his family’s hunting property in Colleton County, S.C. on June 7, 2021. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and is currently standing trial in Walterboro – a town located in the Lowcountry region of the Palmetto State, a place Murdaugh’s family ran like a fiefdom for more than a century.
Do I think Murdaugh will actually take the stand? It’s possible …
Do I think it is advisable, though? Absolutely not … and I suspect Murdaugh’s attorneys have probably advised him against doing so (especially seeing as the state’s case doesn’t appear to have definitively linked him to the killings beyond a reasonable doubt).
Putting Murdaugh on the stand would be a dangerous move for the defense – especially seeing as he has yet to explain why he lied to investigators (and others) about his whereabouts on the evening of the killings.
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The Master Manipulator can not resist the chance to sway another jury. What a dirtbag!
They run in packs.
Far too risky for Murdaugh to take the stand. As the prosecution case winds down, there’s significant doubt as to his guilt and has yet to be linked to any murder evidence. After the defense calls their witnesses and experts, I strongly suspect Murdaugh will walk. The State simply hasn’t proven beyond any reasonable doubt Alex Murdaugh committed these murders … there’s plenty of doubt.