Disbarred South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh won’t face the loss of life penalty when he’s tried subsequent month for the capturing deaths of his spouse and youthful son in 2021.
Murdaugh was the chief of a distinguished upcountry South Carolina household whose patriarchs had been attorneys for hundreds of years. However his life started unraveling final yr, starting with the deaths of his wife, Maggie, and son Paul.
“After fastidiously reviewing this case and all the encircling info, we’ve determined to hunt life with out parole for Alex Murdaugh,” South Carolina Legal professional Common Alan Wilson mentioned Tuesday in an announcement. “As a result of this can be a pending case, we can’t remark additional.”
Maggie and Paul Murdaugh have been fatally shot on June 7, 2021, on the household’s residence in Hampton County. Alex was a long-running suspect within the case, however he wasn’t formally charged until July 2022.
At a listening to final month, prosecutors urged Alex Murdaugh killed his relations to garner sympathy as a reckoning for his varied different crimes was approaching.
Investigators have mentioned Murdaugh stole millions of dollars from his legislation agency — and in some circumstances from purchasers — to fund his drug dependancy.
As his life fell aside, Murdaugh paid Curtis Smith, allegedly his drug supplier, to kill him and stage it as a drive-by shooting in September 2021. Murdaugh’s obvious motive was to permit his dwelling son, Buster, to obtain a $10 million life insurance coverage payout. Nonetheless, the previous lawyer survived the capturing.