The Alex Murdaugh double execution trial has captivated viewers for six weeks since it began successful January.
Murdaugh, 54, is accused of fatally shooting his 52-year-old wife, Maggie, and 22-year-old son, Paul, connected June 7, 2021, adjacent a statement of canine kennels connected his Lowcountry hunting property called Moselle successful Islandton, South Carolina.
The saga afloat of twists and turns has near immoderate spectators pinch whiplash, prompting much questions than answers astir nan Murdaugh family and their South Carolina ineligible dynasty.
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Alex Murdaugh is simply a erstwhile lawyer who worked for nan South Carolina backstage wounded rule patient that his great-grandfather founded successful 1910 called Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick (PMPED), now known arsenic The Parker Law Group, earlier he resigned successful September 2021 pursuing his alleged financial crimes pinch nan firm.
Alex Murdaugh is led retired of nan Colleton County Courthouse successful Walterboro, South Carolina connected Monday, February 27, 2023. (Mark Sims for Fox News Digital )
The disgraced lawyer is now charged pinch 2 counts of execution and 2 counts of possession of a limb during a convulsive crime successful his woman and son's deaths. He is besides facing 99 financial crimes successful which he allegedly defrauded victims of an estimated $9 million.
Murdaugh is accused of stealing costs from his ain rule firm's clients arsenic good arsenic friends and chap attorneys.
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Prosecutors reason he changeable his woman and boy successful June 2021 erstwhile his financial crimes began to travel to light. The allegations temporarily subsided aft Paul and Maggie's deaths until September 2021, erstwhile his patient revisited nan allegations, and he resigned.
A photograph of nan Murdaugh family taken days earlier Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were changeable to death. From left, Buster, Paul, Maggie and Alex Murdaugh. (Defense exhibit)
The South Carolina ineligible scion gave emotional grounds successful his ain trial past week, admitting connected nonstop introspection connected Feb. 24 that he many times lied to investigators, friends and family, claiming he was ne'er astatine nan Moselle canine kennels June 7, 2021, nan nighttime of nan slayings.
Richard "Buster" Murdaugh Jr., 26, is Alex Murdaugh's oldest and only surviving son.
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He has shown up to his father's proceedings astatine nan Colleton County Courthouse pinch his girlfriend, Brooklynn White, each time since nan assemblage action began connected Jan. 23.
Buster Murdaugh and his woman Brooklynn White perceive to Buster’s uncle John Marvin Murdaugh springiness his grounds during nan Alex Murdaugh double execution proceedings astatine nan Colleton County Courthouse successful Walterboro connected time 25 of nan proceedings connected Monday, February 27, 2023. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool)
Buster Murdaugh besides testified successful his father's proceedings connected Feb. 23.
"He was destroyed, heartbroken," Buster said connected nan witnesser guidelines of his begetter aft Maggie and Paul's murders.
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He described his begetter arsenic a doting and devoted genitor who "coached each Little League squad I played on." He besides described a close-knit family, saying he said pinch his mom "every day" and often said pinch his dada and brother, too.
Alex Murdaugh, left, gives his boy Buster Murdaugh a pat during a break successful grounds during proceedings astatine nan Colleton County Courthouse successful Walterboro, S.C., connected Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool)
Paul Murdaugh was 22 erstwhile he and his mother were changeable to decease adjacent nan canine kennels connected nan family's sprawling hunting property successful Islandton, South Carolina.
Paul was astatine nan helm of his father’s vessel successful February 2019 erstwhile he collapsed into a bridge, sidesplitting 19-year-old Mallory Beach and injuring 4 others. He was charged pinch three felony counts of boating nether nan influence. Paul had utilized his mother’s in installments paper and his older relative Buster Murdaugh’s ID to bargain intoxicant for nan excursion.
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The Murdaugh family was deed pinch a wrongful decease suit that threatened to expose Alex’s decade-long schemes to bargain from his rule patient and clients.
Three days aft Paul’s murder, a proceeding successful nan vessel wreck lawsuit to find whether Alex would person to disclose his financial records was canceled.
Paul Murdaugh's booking photograph aft his apprehension for nan 2019 vessel clang that killed Mallory Beach. (South Carolina Attorney General's Office/WTAT-TV/DT)
Several witnesses person described Paul arsenic an outdoorsman who loved hunting, sportfishing and roaming nan family’s 1,700 acre property.
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"He would get each his buddies and get connected nan vessel and spell watch nan sunset. How galore 22-year-old group you cognize do worldly for illustration that?" Alex Murdaugh said connected nan witnesser guidelines past week. "He was specified a typical boy. He cared astir people. He was fiercely, fiercely loyal. He was truthful misrepresented successful nan media."
Morgan Doughty, Paul's ex-girlfriend, painted a different image of nan 22-year-old successful her Feb. 23 testimony.
Paul Murdaugh's ex-girlfriend Morgan Doughty, who said retired successful a caller Netflix documentary. She says that Paul physically abused her earlier his father, Alex Murdaugh, allegedly changeable him to death. (Facebook)
Doughty, who began making love Paul successful precocious school, said he attacked her 1 nighttime erstwhile they were staying successful a edifice to observe his relative Buster's graduation.
"He had been truthful intoxicated," she recalled. "We had yet gotten to furniture and for immoderate logic Paul kept, like, kicking me. I yelled astatine him, and past he sewage connected apical of me, and I conscionable retrieve him screaming, ‘I told you to unopen up,’ conscionable holding down my throat. I conscionable retrieve past he, like, punched maine really difficult successful nan knee correct here."
Maggie Murdaugh was Alex's woman and nan mother of their 2 sons, Buster and Paul.
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She was 52 erstwhile she was changeable to decease pinch a firearm connected June 7, 2021, astatine Moselle. Colleton County authorities recovered Maggie’s assemblage adjacent a azygous canine location astir 30 feet from nan canine kennels connected nan 1,700-acre property.
Marian Proctor (right), and her younger sister, Maggie Murdaugh (left), successful nan photograph to nan left. Buster, Maggie and Paul Murdaugh successful nan photograph to nan right. (South Caroline Attorney General's Office)
Maggie attended nan University of South Carolina, wherever she was a personnel of nan Kappa Delta Sorority and met Alex earlier she graduated successful 1991.
"Maggie had a bosom of axenic generosity, and loved welcoming friends and family into her location connected immoderate fixed occasion," her obituary published by nan Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home states. "She adored her family, and cherished spending clip connected nan vessel pinch her 2 sons. She will beryllium remembered arsenic a ‘second mom’ to her sons’ galore friends. She made nan astir retired of each situation, and lived each and each time to nan fullest."
Her sister, Marian Proctor, testified that Maggie hadn't planned connected going to Moselle connected nan nighttime of her murder.
From left, Buster Murdaugh, 26, his mother Maggie Murdaugh, his relative Paul Murdaugh and his begetter Alex Murdaugh. Alex is accused of fatally shooting Maggie, 52, and their son, Paul, 22, June 7, 2021. (Facebook)
"Maggie called maine that day," Proctor told jurors connected Feb. 14. "Alex really wanted her to travel location that night. She hadn’t planned connected it."
John Marvin Murdaugh
John Marvin Murdaugh is Alex Murdaugh's brother, who has shown up for nan double execution proceedings each time for nan past six weeks.
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He took nan guidelines arsenic nan defense's last witnesser connected Monday and sewage affectional erstwhile he recounted cleaning nan segment of nan double murder.
John Marvin Murdaugh, younger relative of Alex Murdaugh, wipes a tear while giving his grounds by defense lawyer Jim Griffin during nan Alex Murdaugh double execution proceedings astatine nan Colleton County Courthouse successful Walterboro connected time 25 of nan proceedings connected Monday, February 27, 2023. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool)
"I saw blood, I saw brains, I saw pieces of skull," he said, choking backmost tears. "It was terrible."
To grant Paul's memory, he said he felt he had to cod his remains.
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"It felt for illustration it was nan correct point to do. I felt for illustration I owed him, and I started cleaning, and I committedness you nary mother aliases begetter aliases aunt aliases uncle should ever person to spot aliases do what I did that day," he said. "It's nan hardest point I've ever been done successful my life."
Alex Murdaugh's great-grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh, founded PMPED successful 1910. He past became nan location charismatic overseeing 5 counties successful 1920. The Murdaugh family maintained a stronghold complete nan prosecutor's agency for decades.
Prosecutors allege Alex Murdaugh utilized his family's section position to get preferential curen successful nan Mallory Beach case.
Murdaugh has maintained his innocence since nan June 2021 murders.
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