Alex Murdaugh was found guilty of murdering his wife and son on Thursday in a high-profile case that has captured the attention of millions of Americans.
The jury issued the verdict less than three hours with sentencing expected on Friday morning.
#BREAKING: After 3 hours and 1 minute, the jury in South Carolina found #AlexMurdaugh #GUILTY on all counts for the double murder of his wife Maggie & son Paul.
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The AG’s statement
“What a great day for the people of South Carolina,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said at a press conference after the verdict was read.
“Today’s verdict proves that no one, no one, no matter who you are in society, is above the law,” he added.
Alex Murdaugh was found guilty in the murders of his wife and son by unanimous jury decision, following just 3 hours of deliberation.
Murdaugh faces 30 years to life in prison without parole. (via Deadline: Legal Blog) https://t.co/9KNODXiB3w
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 3, 2023
Eric Bland, family attorney of the Murdaugh family’s former housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, also released a statement following the verdict.
“Through the verdict returned by the courageous jury in Colleton County, Alex Murdaugh will drink from the same cup of justice as every other citizen and other convicted murderers,” the statement read.
“His power, prestige and money afforded him no special treatment. The people have spoken. Alex’s life of lies and deceit ended today. Maggie and Paul are vindicated. Justice prevails,” it added.
“The jury of seven men and five women convicted Murdaugh of shooting his wife Margaret and youngest son Paul in June 2021. He will be sentenced on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET in state court, where the disgraced 54-year-old from a storied South Carolina family faces up to life in prison,” NBC News reported.
“The jury also convicted him of two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime,” it added.
Murdaugh faces up to life in prison as a result of the guilty verdict in his crimes.
Live updates: Alex Murdaugh found guilty in the murder of his wife and son | CNN Justice for Paul and Maggie. RIP #TruthWins #AlexMurdaughTrial https://t.co/6q0l97b3Fg
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) March 3, 2023
The lengthy case is now over with all that remains the sentencing to determine how long Murdaugh will be made to serve for his crimes.