WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC/ Gray News) – The trial of former Lowcountry attorney Alex Murdaugh will begin in Walterboro this week with jury selection beginning Monday morning.
Murdaugh will be tried on two counts of murder and two counts of weapons charges on June 7, 2021, in the shooting deaths of his wife, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, and their youngest son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh.
Murdaugh’s defense team, attorney Jim Griffin and U.S. Sen. Dick Harpootlian, A joint statement was released on Sunday night on the eve of the trialand said that they will not give any further information or answers to anything that happens during the trial “to preserve the integrity of the trial process.”
“We are fully prepared to challenge the State’s allegations, and to show the weaknesses of the State’s case before the Colletton County jury,” said the fourth. information. “Alex is looking forward to this opportunity to clear his name from these heinous charges so that the Attorney General can begin to find out who actually killed people or who killed Alex’s beloved wife and son.”
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Murdaugh told investigators he found the bodies of his wife and son at the family’s hunting lodge in the village of Islandton in rural Colleton County when he returned to visit his sick father.
The investigation into their murders was complicated and Murdaugh was indicted on several financial charges. A Colletton County jury indicted him on murder charges last July, more than a year after the murders.
The charges allege that he used two different weapons, the gun at his wife and the gun at his son.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and maintains his innocence.
“The evidence, in this case, is overwhelming and it all points to Alex Murdaugh,” said Attorney General Creighton Waters.
The trial is expected to last about three weeks, about three times longer than most homicide trials in the state.
The jury’s decision could last for most of this first week.
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