Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys have filed an appeal of his murder charges one week after he was convicted of killing his wife and son.
Murdaugh’s conviction on March 2 led to his sentence of life in prison in the high-profile court case.
Alex Murdaugh appeals double murder conviction https://t.co/rgHpS36aHH
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 10, 2023
“Richard Alexander Murdaugh appeals his convictions and sentences in the cases referenced above. The sentences were imposed by The Honorable Clifton Newman on March 3, 2023,” the appeal filed on Thursday states, according to Fox News.
“Prosecutors presented jurors with evidence from a cellphone video recovered from Paul’s phone in 2022, placing Murdaugh at the scene of the crime with the victims just four minutes before they were killed at 8:50 p.m.,” it added.
Alex Murdaugh appeals double murder conviction https://t.co/vBJmO0VZDe pic.twitter.com/mmkzC5vjAB
— New York Post (@nypost) March 9, 2023
The current situation
“The 54-year-old, whose full name is Richard Alexander Murdaugh, is currently being housed at the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia,” the New York Post reported.
“Murdaugh’s trial played out in South Carolina’s Colleton County over the course of six weeks,” it added. “The once-powerful, now-disbarred attorney also faces charges for a litany of other crimes.”
Alex Murdaugh appeals his conviction for murders of his wife and son https://t.co/4HzzapOljr
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) March 10, 2023
“Prosecutors did not have the weapons used to kill the Murdaughs or other direct evidence like confessions or blood spatter,” according to the Daily Mail.
“But they had a mountain of circumstantial evidence, including the video putting Murdaugh at the scene of the killings five minutes before his wife and son stopped using their mobile phones forever,” it added.
“When he gave evidence last week, Murdaugh appeared to cry as he denied again and again that he killed his wife,” the report continued, with at least one juror arguing that he “never cried” and appeared to show no real remorse for his actions.
It may be some time before the appeals case moves forward. Until then, Murdaugh will remain in his South Carolina prison which will be much stricter than the facility where he was placed during his trial.
The appeal may also be a difficult effort after the recent trial. Jurors took less than three hours to make their decision and agreed to the sentencing of two life sentences.
Murdaugh’s lawyers are attempting another effort but it is unlikely to be successful unless something major changes concerning the evidence.