US lawyer guilty of killing wife, son

A Powerful South Carolina lawyer has been found guilty of murdering his wife and son to distract from his multi-million dollar financial crimes.

The jury deliberated for less than three hours before convict­ing Alex Murdaugh, 54, of two counts of murder at the end of a six-week trial.

He faces a long prison term when he is sentenced. Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were shot at close range near the dog kennels on their family estate on June 7, 2021.

Alex Murdaugh stood impas­sively as he learned his fate during Thursday evening’s hearing in Walterboro.

“Today’s verdict proves that no-one, no matter who you are in society, is above the law,” said South Carolina’s top prosecutor, Attorney General Alan Wilson.

The case – chronicling the downfall of a family born to pow­er and privilege – has captivated the country, inspiring documenta­ries on Netflix and HBO.

Murdaugh was once an influen­tial personal injury attorney in the state, and for decades until 2006 his family members had served as the leading prosecutors in the area. Such was their influence that the jurisdiction became known as “Murdaugh Country”.

But the trial heard that for years he had been stealing from his law partners and clients to feed an addiction to painkillers and an extravagant lifestyle.

Murdaugh had pleaded not guilty to killing his wife and youngest son in an attempt to conceal years of financial corrup­tion – fraud that he himself had acknowledged in court.

After the 12-person jury’s verdict, dozens of spectators gathered outside the back of the court where officers ushered a handcuffed Murdaugh quickly into a black van.

Reporters shouted questions, though he remained silent. As po­lice tucked him inside the vehicle, one man behind the media line shouted that he was praying for him. It took more than a year for investigators to arrest Murdaugh as they untangled the complex case.

In a risky move for any murder defendant, Murdaugh took to the witness stand, trying to convince the jury that someone angry over a deadly 2019 boating accident involving Paul could have killed

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