Monday, 27 Mar 2023

Alex Murdaugh accused of murdering wife and son admits to lying to investigators

Alex Murdaugh, the disgraced South Carolina attorney accused of murdering his wife and son, took the witness stand at his murder trial on Thursday.

Murdaugh, 54, pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, Margaret Murdaugh and youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, at a Colleton County family estate in June 2021.

‘Did you take this gun or any gun like it and blow your son’s brains out?’ his attorney asked him.

‘I did not shoot my wife or my son any time, ever,’ Murdaugh said.

However, the disbarred lawyer admitted to lying to investigators about visiting his property’s kennels on the night of the murder. Later that night, Maggie and Paul were found shot to death at the kennels.

He blamed these lies on ‘paranoid thoughts’ due to his addiction to opioids.

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‘Normally when these paranoid thoughts would hit me, I could take a deep breathe. On June 7, I wasn’t thinking clearly. I don’t think I was capable of reason, and I lied about being down there. And I’m so sorry that I did.’

Murdaugh apologized to his family, including his surviving son Buster and his murdered wife’s parents. ‘What a tangled web we weave. Once I told the lie, I told my family, I had to keep lying.’

Murdaugh, a member of an influential legal family in South Carolina, was disbarred in November 2021 after he was charged with a total of 99 financial crimes including money laundering, insurance fraud, and embezzlement.

Prosecutors have argued that Murdaugh killed his wife and son to distract from the investigations into his finances.

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