Alex Murdaugh once a prominent South Carolina attorney stood in shackles and a beige prison jumpsuit on Friday, March 3, 2023, as a judge slammed him as a “monster” whose behaviour was worse than that of many offenders who got the death penalty.
Murdaugh was given a life sentence for the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul on June 7, 2021. However, not before Judge Clifton Newman delivered a scathing speech condemning Murdaugh’s behaviour.
Clifton Newman said:
I don’t question at all the decision of the state not to pursue the death penalty. But as I sit here in this courtroom and look around the many portraits of judges and other court officials and reflect on the fact that over the past century, your family including you have been prosecuting people here in this courtroom and many have received the death penalty probably for lesser conduct.
On Thursday, March 2, 2023 evening, the jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding 54-year-old Murdaugh guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Simon Ateba, Chief White House Correspondent shared a Tweet which confirmed the punishment of Alex Murdaugh.
‘A MONSTER'” – Heartbreaking words by Judge Clifton Newman who just sentenced convicted heartless murderer Alex Murdaugh to life in prison. Watch. pic.twitter.com/7FHn8xjCmQ
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) March 3, 2023
Prosecutors maintained throughout the six-week trial that he shot them with two separate firearms in an attempt to deflect attention away from his mounting financial crimes, which they called “a crescendo.”
If you want to know more about Murdaugh’s case you can read our posts given below:
- Alex Murdaugh Shaves Head for Fresh Mugshot after Obtaining Double Life Sentence for the Murder of Wife and Son
- Alex Murdaugh was Convicted of Killing his Wife and Children
- What Was Alex Murdaugh’s Motive for Killing His Own Family?
What Happened in the Court Room on March 3?
Despite evidence to the contrary and a packed courtroom in Colleton County for Murdaugh’s sentencing on Friday, March 3, 2023 Murdaugh’s supporters insist he did not kill his family. At least nine of the 12 jurors who found him guilty were reportedly present.
After Murdaugh came off as a “big liar” on the stand, one juror told ABC on Friday morning that it only took 45 minutes for the group to persuade the three holdouts.
While indicating he would appeal the verdict, defence attorney Dick Harpootlian said on Friday that he still thinks it was the right decision for Murdaugh to take the stand in his own defence. He stated that Murdaugh’s loved ones came to court hoping to hear proof that Murdaugh was the murderer, but that they were disappointed.
The judge has officially confirmed that ‘Monster’ Murdaugh will die in prison. You can read the most recent updates on our Twitter feed about other current events.