Jurors in the Alex Murdaugh trial rule on what led to a conviction
Alex Murdaugh’s brother Randy has broken his silence days after his sibling was convicted of murdering his wife Maggie and son Paul in a brutal crime that shook the South Carolina lowlands.
Randy became the first family member to speak out after the trial, revealing what he really thinks happened on the night of the murders.
“He knows more than what he’s saying,” Randy said The New York Times. “He’s not telling the truth, in my opinion, about everything there.”
His comments come as Murdaugh’s only surviving son Buster filed a police complaint about members of the media.
In the police report filed with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, Buster complained about photos showing him and his girlfriend at his Hilton Head home, which subsequently appeared in the New York Post.
Meanwhile, four jurors have now ruled on how they reached their verdict in the case, agreeing that the key piece of evidence proving Murdaugh’s guilt was a damning cell phone video Paul took minutes before he and his mother were shot down. He will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Buster Murdaugh calls the police after being harassed by the media
Buster Murdaugh, the only surviving son of murderer Alex Murdaugh, filed a police complaint this weekend alleging harassment by national media reporters.
Alex Murdaugh was convicted last week of murdering his wife Margaret and youngest son Paul.
In the report filed with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, Mr. Murdaugh informed them of photos found in the New York Post showing him and his girlfriend at his Hilton Head home.
He told police they saw a suspicious gray Dodge Challenger outside their home at 6:39 p.m. on March 4.
Buster said he and his girlfriend [Brooklynn White] viewed the video from the Ring camera from the residence and saw a suspicious gray Dodge Challenger outside the residence on Saturday night,” the statement said. Daily beast citing the police report.
“Buster believes the occupant of this vehicle took the photo, judging by Buster’s position in the residence when the photo was taken. No other identifiable vehicle or suspicious information was noted.”
According to the report, police will deploy additional patrol cars around his resident and further advise him to contact the sheriff’s office “if he or his girlfriend notice anything suspicious outside.”
Shortly afterwards, Mr Murdaugh’s girlfriend contacted authorities and informed them of being “followed by the media” in a gray Chevrolet SUV. The suspicious car was tracked by police for “speeding and changing lanes inappropriately”.
The driver, with camera bag on the passenger seat, was released after being warned about the traffic violation.
Namita SinghMarch 7, 2023 06:14
Key revelations from the Alex Murdaugh trial
Alex Murdaugh, the heir to the legal dynasty, has been found guilty of the brutal double murder of his wife and adult son after a six-week trial in South Carolina.
Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, were both shot to death on the night of June 7, 2021, on the family’s sprawling 700-acre estate in Islandton, South Carolina.
Murdaugh, 54, claimed he came home from visiting his elderly mother to find the victims’ bodies in the country’s dog kennels.
No arrests were made for more than a year, until – in July 2022 – Murdaugh was charged with their murders. Nearly eight months later, Murdaugh was sentenced on March 2.
After six weeks of dramatic testimony at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, the jury took less than three hours to return a guilty verdict. Murdaugh was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
Here are the main revelations from the process:
Rachel SharpMarch 8, 2023 4:15 AM
Why was Alex Murdaugh convicted of murder? This is what defense and prosecution argued during a six-week trial
During the six weeks of Alex Murdaugh’s double murder trial, jurors heard horrifying testimonies for hours about how his wife Maggie and son Paul were gunned down in the dog kennels of the family’s sprawling 1,700-acre Moselle estate.
The June 7, 2021 attack involved the use of two different weapons, neither of which has ever been found.
Paul was ambushed by his attacker while standing in the kennels feeding room and shot twice with a 12-gauge shotgun.
The first shot struck his chest, while a second fatal shot ripped through his shoulder, neck, and head, blasting his entire brain out of his skull.
Mere feet away from Paul, Maggie was shot five times with a .300 Blackout semi-automatic rifle, as she tried to flee her killer.
On March 2, Murdaugh was found guilty of the murders after jurors deliberated for less than three hours.
Here’s how the prosecution and defense argue the case:
Rachel SharpMarch 8, 2023 03:15
VOTE: The trial of Alex Murdaugh proves that cameras have no place in court
“It’s hard to look back at the Murdaugh trial and not think of experts who have warned of the dangers of inviting television cameras into the courtroom. “While defendants are entitled to a public trial, the courts have yet to rule that they are entitled to a televised trial,” Ruth Ann Strickland, a former professor of government and justice studies at Appalachian State University, wrote in 2009 for the Dept. Middle Tennessee State University first amendment encyclopedia.
Federal judges, she noted, “have generally rejected television and camera coverage of court proceedings, arguing that live television broadcasts, in particular, distract trial participants, prejudice the trial’s results, and thus give defendants a deprive of due process.'”
The independent‘s Clemence Michallon writes:
Rachel SharpMarch 8, 2023 02:15
WATCH: The moment when disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh is sentenced to life in prison
Currently disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh sentenced to life in prison
Rachel SharpMarch 8, 2023 1:15 AM
Alex Murdaugh’s verdict could have been very different – if it weren’t for a juror with a dozen eggs
The verdict in Alex Murdaugh’s high-profile double murder trial could have been very different—if it hadn’t been for a juror with a dozen eggs.
The once-powerful legal heir to the dynasty was convicted Thursday of shooting to death his wife Maggie and son Paul in a heinous crime at the Mosel family’s 1,700-acre estate in Islandton, South Carolina, on June 7, 2021.
The panel of 12 jurors deliberated less than three hours before they unanimously found him guilty of all charges — two murders and two weapons charges.
But the removal of a juror just hours before deliberations began could have changed the course of the convicted killer’s fate, according to an insider.
The independent‘s Rachel Sharp has the full story:
Rachel Sharp8 March 2023 00:15
Who was Maggie Murdaugh?
Maggie was the wife of Alex Murdaugh and the mother of their two sons, Buster and Paul.
The 52-year-old met her husband when they were both students at the University of South Carolina.
She was shot five times with an AR-15 style rifle on the night of June 7, 2021.
According to testimony from Murdaugh housekeeper Blanca Simpson, Maggie was concerned about the family’s finances – and feared that her husband was not being honest with her about the extent of their situation.
Mrs. Simpson testified that Maggie had become upset and confided in her a few months before the murders, saying the family was being sued for $30 million in the boating accident lawsuit.
Alex and Maggie Murdaugh pictured together
Maggie told her she felt “Alex wasn’t being honest with her about the trial… she said ‘he doesn’t tell me everything’,” Ms Simpson testified.
Maggie’s sister Marian Proctor testified that Murdaugh had an affair about 15 years ago – and Maggie found out.
Although it was years ago and the couple worked through it, she said Maggie was “bothered by it” and brought it up again around the time of the murders.
She also revealed that the family knew about Murdaugh’s opioid abuse.
Rachel SharpMarch 7, 2023 11:45 PM
Alex Murdaugh’s Lawyer Makes Bizarre – Chicken-Related – Twitter Return
Alex Murdaugh’s attorney has returned to Twitter in a bizarre — and chicken-related — fashion after receiving a judge’s conviction for his social media posts during the high-profile murder trial.
On Saturday, attorney Jim Griffin tweeted a photo of himself with his face in a wood-cut photo prop of a cowboy riding a chicken.
“Walterboro, you were a gracious host. Happy Trails,” he wrote.
The bizarre post was his first since Feb. 18, when a tweet got him in hot water with Judge Clifton Newman.
Rachel SharpMarch 7, 2023 11:15 PM
Buster Murdaugh files complaint with police over media
Alex Murdaugh’s only surviving son, Buster, has filed a police report claiming he is being harassed by members of the media.
In the police report filed with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, Buster complained about photos of him and his girlfriend Brooklynne White at his Hilton Head home appearing in the New York Post.
He said the couple watched the ring camera video and noticed a suspicious gray Dodge Challenger outside the house on Saturday night.
They think the resident took the photos.
Some time later, Mrs. White told police that the vehicle followed her.
Officers stopped the vehicle for speeding and improper lane changes and discovered that the driver had camera equipment in the car.
They received a warning about a traffic violation.
Police said they would also step up patrols around Buster’s house.
Rachel SharpMarch 7, 2023 10:45 PM
Alex Murdaugh’s brother Randy reveals what he really thinks happened the night of the murders
Alex Murdaugh’s brother Randy has broken his silence to reveal what he really thinks happened the night disgraced attorney’s wife Maggie and son Paul were gunned down in a brutal crime that shook lowland South Carolina and captured the country’s attention for the better part of two years.
Randy became the first family member of the disgraced attorney to speak out after the high-profile trial, where Murdaugh was convicted of all charges and sentenced to life in prison.
The 56-year-old admitted he believes his brother is “not telling the truth” about the June 7, 2021 murders.
“He knows more than what he’s saying,” Randy said The New York Times.
“He’s not telling the truth, in my opinion, about everything there.”
The independent‘s Rachel Sharp reports:
Rachel SharpMarch 7, 2023 10:15 PM