Alex Murdaugh, who was seen wearing a brown jumpsuit in the courtroom as he awaited his sentencing, shrugged off the prosecutor Creighton Waters’s comments when he said that the disgraced South Carolina attorney has stared down at him when he passed him in the halls.
Murdaugh was found guilty of murdering his wife and his son.
Waters claimed that Alex Murdaugh “liked to stare me down” while they passed each other in the courtroom.
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“I could see the real Alex Murdaugh when he looked at me. The depravity, the callousness, the selfishness of these crimes are stunning. The lack of remorse and the effortless way in which he lies, including sitting right over there on this witness stand. Your honor, a man like that, a man like this man, should never be allowed to be among free, law-abiding citizens again,” he said.
“I would submit to you that the only just sentence here to give justice for Maggie and Paul is the maximum, and that would be two consecutive life sentences,” Water said.
Murdaugh was sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole. Even till the end, the disgraced South Carolina lawyer said that he was innocent.
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Judge Clifton Newman while handing the sentencing spoke about Murdaugh’s lies during the investigation. He also said that Murdaugh’s murder conviction qualifies for the death penalty.
“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 at 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,” Newman said.