Alex Murdaugh, a discredited former lawyer, is sentenced to life in prison, a day after a jury found him guilty of murdering his wife and son. In a clip taken during the legal proceeding, Murdaugh, whilst apologizing to his famiy, including his wife Maggie and son Paul can be heard saying – “Oh what a tangled web we weave.”
After a six-week trial, the jurors deliberated for less than three hours before convicting Murdaugh, 54, on two counts of murder.
‘Once I lied, I continued to lie … ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave.’’
Alex Murdaugh gets emotional on the stand while apologizing to his family, including his wife Maggie and son Paul, who he is accused of killing. pic.twitter.com/9UPcxL7uNH
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In the video, Murdaugh said – “On June 7, I was not thinking clearly, I don’t think thing I was capable for reason and I lied about being (unclear), and I’m so sorry to my son Buster…I’m sorry to both of my families. Most of all I;m sorry to Mags and Paul -Paul, I would never intentially do anyhing to hurt either of of them ever…ever,’ Judge Newman than asks, “So you continued lying after that night, did you not,” to which Murdaugh says, “Once I lied, I continued to lie, oh what a tanged web we weave, once I told a lie, then I told my family, I had to keep lying.”
For each murder charge, Murdaugh faces a minimum of 30 years in prison. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison without the possibility of parole for the former personal injury lawyer.
On June 7, 2021, Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were shot at close range on their family estate. The high-profile case drew widespread attention, with allegations of corruption, drug abuse, and a failed hitman suicide plot.
In the homicide case, Murdaugh had entered a not-guilty plea. He is also accused of stealing millions of dollars from clients and coworkers, and during the murder prosecution, he confessed to committing widespread theft. Murdaugh allegedly killed his family members to win pity and avoid punishment for his financial crimes, according to the prosecution.
Alex Murdaugh’s trial, according to Judge Clifton Newman, was “one of the most troubling instances” for him personally as a judge, as well as for the government, the defense team, and the general public. Given that they are both members of the legal community, Newman admitted that he frequently crossed paths with Murdaugh.