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‘Murdaugh Murders’ Trial: Alex Murdaugh Guilty On All Counts

Verdict almost didn’t happen, though …

Disbarred South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was found guilty on all counts in the brutal double homicide of his wife and son in Colleton County on Thursday evening. After less than three hours of deliberations, twelve jurors returned the unanimous murder verdicts – along with two guilty verdicts on associated weapons charges.

“I’m sorry,” Murdaugh mouthed to his surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, as he was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom. “I love you. I love you.”

Buster Murdaugh – who testified on his father’s behalf last week – offered no visible response to his father.

Murdaugh will be sentenced tomorrow by S.C. circuit court judge Clifton Newman – who is expected to impose back-to-back life sentences on the two murder charges and additional years behind bars on the two weapons charges. Upon being sentenced, Murdaugh will be transferred at some point to the custody of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC).

Murdaugh will be handcuffed, shackled and dressed in prison garb upon his arrival at the Colleton County courthouse on Friday – representing a stark visual departure from his appearance over the past six weeks in jackets, dress shirts and slacks.

Why the change? Because as of 7:07 p.m. EST, Murdaugh is a convicted murderer … not an accused killer.

The dramatic conclusion to the Palmetto State’s ‘Trial of the Century’ almost didn’t happen, though …

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Alex Murdaugh is led from the Colleton County courthouse following his conviction on murder and weapons charges (Brett Flashnick)

Prior to the removal of a juror earlier in the day, sources familiar with the deliberations indicated Murdaugh’s trial – which drew international attention – would have likely ended in a hung jury.

As our researcher Jenn Wood reported earlier today, Newman removed the juror in question for having improper conversations with three individuals about the case. The juror allegedly lied to Newman about these communications – which violated his order that jurors not discuss the case with anyone (or each other).

Newman removed her “in order to protect the integrity of the process.”

“You have been by all accounts a great juror,” Newman said, telling her she had been “attentive to the case.”

Newman added he was “not suggesting you intentionally did anything wrong” – and thanked the juror for her service.

Her removal paved the way for a guilty verdict hours later …

“She was dug in,” a source familiar with the deliberations confirmed. “She said he was ‘not guilty’ and there was nothing anyone could do to change her mind.”

“She would have hung the jury,” another source confirmed.

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At approximately 6:00 p.m. EST, jurors indicated to court officials they would not need to have dinner delivered to them. This was the first indication that the lone holdout on the panel had been swayed …

The next indication came as one of the bailiffs in the courtroom instructed members of the gallery at around 6:50 p.m. EST to refrain from making any sounds “whether you agree with the verdict or not.”

After that, things began moving swiftly – and by 7:02 p.m. EST judge Newman entered the courtroom and announced that a verdict had been reached. Three minutes later, at 7:05 p.m. EST, he addressed the forewoman.

“Have you reached a verdict?” Newman asked.

“Yes,” she responded.

“Is it unanimous?” he asked.

“Yes,” she replied.

Moments later – at 7:07 p.m. EST – Colleton County clerk of court Becky Hill read the four verdicts aloud beginning with the two murder charges.

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Alex Murdaugh was found guilty on all four charges: two counts of murder and two counts of possessing a weapon during a violent crime during the murder trial of Alex Murdaugh at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro on Thursday, March 2, 2023. Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool

Murdaugh is now convicted of killing his wife, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, and youngest son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh on June 7, 2021 at Moselle – the family’s 1,700-acre hunting property straddling the Salkehatchie River on the border of Colleton and Hampton counties. He pleaded not guilty to those charges last July and for the last six weeks stood trial in Walterboro – part of a five-county region of the Lowcountry his famous family ruled like a fiefdom for more than a century.

The scion of an influential South Carolina legal dynasty, Murdaugh once led the Palmetto State’s powerful trial lawyers’ lobby. Today, he remains squarely at the epicenter of a maze of alleged criminality known as the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga.

Murdaugh’s attorneys – led by Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin – have thirty days to file a notice of appeal in the case. Sources close to the defense have told us such a notice will be filed prior to that deadline.

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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.

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23 comments

Fap, fap, fapping at chamber door March 2, 2023 at 10:02 pm

Fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap….

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Elizabeth Doll Top fan March 2, 2023 at 10:07 pm

So glad it’s Guilty!!!!

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Gx Top fan March 2, 2023 at 10:20 pm

Not surprising that the individual who could listen to all of that evidence and say “not guilty, and nothing will change my mind” is the same individual that would ignore her oath and disregard the Judge’s order to not speak about the case. Kudos to Judge Newman for getting rid of her. She can suck an egg, 12 of em!

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KAREN FORMAN Top fan March 3, 2023 at 7:31 am

hahaha. The eggs……..what a dope. The judge should have locked her up for a few hours for contempt.

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Lori Flemming Top fan March 2, 2023 at 10:33 pm

Appeals coming

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Natalie Snow March 2, 2023 at 10:59 pm

Holy shit!! You did it! Well done for blowing this out of the water, bad pun…

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Sidney Rogers March 3, 2023 at 1:59 am

I don’t understand if they have a shooting burm or mound on the property where any of the 300 blackout Rounds could have been removed and tested to see if they were of the same ballistics as the bullets that killed maggie. I know if I was innocent I would appeal and be looking into gathering any rounds and move forward in that direction. Also kennels are not a far walk from Moselle road and using the woods for cover to slip in and out of that area.
Could someone enter the property and leave unseen from the river ??
If he committed the murders, seems like temporary insanity with the boat accident trial, financial issues and drug addiction would have made a better defense considering his presence situation. Just a thought, but I’m no Lawyer.

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Carol Bishop Top fan March 3, 2023 at 9:41 am

Lol!!

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Greenville Guy March 2, 2023 at 11:24 pm

Following the verdict, the live feed followed Murdaugh as he was being led out of the courtroom. The camera panned across the entire jury box and lingered on the foreperson as Murdaugh exited the courtroom. What an incredible breach of protocol and multiple orders related to protecting the privacy of the jury. Whoever was operating that camera should be held in contempt and thrown in jail and fined.

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Carol Bishop Top fan March 3, 2023 at 9:42 am

I agree

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Laura March 2, 2023 at 11:27 pm

This jury did know what was truly “real”!

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Carol Bishop Top fan March 3, 2023 at 9:44 am

We were blessed about that.

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Sidney Rogers March 3, 2023 at 2:11 am

I don’t understand if they have a shooting burm or mound on the property where any of the 300 blackout Rounds could have been removed and tested to see if they were of the same ballistics as the bullets that killed maggie. I know if I was innocent I would appeal and be looking into gathering any rounds and move forward in that direction. Also kennels are not a far walk from Moselle road and using the woods for cover to slip in and out of that area.
Could someone enter the property and leave unseen from the river ??
If he committed the murders, seems like temporary insanity with the boat accident trial, financial issues and drug addiction would have made a better defense considering his presence situation. Just a thought, but I’m no Lawyer.

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Carol Bishop Top fan March 3, 2023 at 9:44 am

They did test old spent casings and it was def family owned guns There was no evidence at all that anyone was there except Alex, Maggie and Paul. Ask Bubba. He alerted to no one as Alex testified to.

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Robyn March 3, 2023 at 5:07 am

So glad he got guilty verdict. But wait there’s more. An appeal is coming. Hope he loses that too.

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Craig Jeffries March 3, 2023 at 7:24 am

I find it interesting that most of the comments from the live feeds proclaiming “Not Guilty! Hung jury! Appeal!” are from females. Not sure why that is.

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jack March 3, 2023 at 7:32 am

There is a problem with this story , juror was removed prior to deliberations

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Gerry Constant March 3, 2023 at 8:51 am

Really surprised at the guilty verdict even though I thought him guilty. Those jurors still have to live in that county & the Murdaughs with their connections to local LE, the DA. & the courts can make their lives hell. Maybe it’s just that we’re tired of being run over by what seems like a bad act family

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Carol Bishop Top fan March 3, 2023 at 9:45 am

That reign of terror to those people is over.

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Deborah Norris September 7, 2023 at 2:10 pm

Your are correct about that! Oh yes something really wrong going on in the jury’s room…Ms Hill!

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Deborah Norris September 7, 2023 at 2:33 pm

Yes that a fact!

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Whitney Sitzler Top fan March 3, 2023 at 8:09 am

The juror was removed for discussing the case with others prior to deliberations began, something that went against Judge Newman’s instructions. Thankfully, several people reported her misconduct and she was justifiably removed.

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Rebecca Link Top fan March 3, 2023 at 10:22 am

I saw the Beach family in the back of the courtroom for sentencing. I hope this gives them some semblance of peace.

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