Disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to two consecutive life in prison on Friday (March 3) for the killing of his wife and youngest son.
On Thursday, a Colleton County jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Murdaugh guilty of killing his 22-year-old son with a shotgun and his 52-year-old wife with a rifle on June 7, 2021.
Via The Associated Press:
Judge Clifton Newman asked Alex Murdaugh if he had anything he wanted to say before sentencing him to two consecutive life terms, and the South Carolina attorney maintained his innocence.
“As I tell you again, I respect this court. But I am innocent. I would never under any circumstances hurt my wife Maggie and I would never under any circumstances hurt my son Paul-Paul,” Murdaugh responded.
“And it might not have been you. It might have been the monster you become when you take 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 opioid pills. Maybe you become another person,” Newman replied, noting Murdaugh’s decadeslong addiction to painkillers.
In lengthy comments, Newman asked Murdaugh what he meant when he said “oh, what a tangled web we weave” while on the stand in his own defense when he admitted lying to investigators about being at the kennels where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were killed.
“I meant when I lied, I continued to lie,” Murdaugh replied.
“And the question is when will it end? You continued to lie and lie throughout your testimony,” Newman said.
Prosecutor Creighton Waters said non of the victims of the members of Murdaugh’s family and the parents and relatives of his wife wished to speak on behalf of the prosecution prior to Alex Murdaugh’s sentencing.
“The depravity, the callousness, the selfishness of these crimes are stunning. The lack of remorse and the effortless way in which he is, including here, sitting right over there in this witness stand — your honor, a man like that, a man like this man, should never be allowed to be among free, law-abiding citizens,” Waters said.
Watch the news report, courtesy of ABC News, below.
Justice is served.
Netflix is currently streaming the documentary series, “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal.“
Source: AP News