Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina lawyer and old-money Democrat who was accused of shooting his wife and son, was found guilty on Thursday evening on two counts of murder, bringing to a close the made-for-TV crime saga that began after his son killed a young girl in a drunken boating accident before meeting his own fate at the hands of his father.
The jury in Colleton County, South Carolina deliberated for just three hours, after a trial that lasted six weeks, finding Alex Murdaugh guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The charges stemmed from the June 2021 murders of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and his 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh. Sentencing in the case is slated for Friday, and Alex Murdaugh faces a minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Before the Murdaugh family’s widely-publicized fall from grace, which saw a political family compared to those of the Old South plastered all over tabloids and TV screens in a saga defined by murders and drug addictions, Alex Murdaugh and his relatives were major donors to the Democrat Party.
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