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Murdaugh's Son Sues Netflix for 'False Accusations'

Buster Murdaugh says he had nothing to do with classmate's death

(Newser) - Six years before the murders of Alex Murdaugh's wife and the younger of their two sons—murders of which Murdaugh himself was ultimately convicted—a 19-year-old was found dead on a remote road not far from the Murdaugh family's South Carolina estate, reportedly the victim of a hit-and-run...

Alex Murdaugh Is Sentenced One Final Time

Convicted murderer racks up another 40 years in prison for stealing from clients, law firm

(Newser) - For maybe the last time, Alex Murdaugh, in a prison jumpsuit instead of the suit he used to wear, shuffled into a courtroom Monday in South Carolina and was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. Murdaugh was punished—this time in federal court—for stealing from clients and his...

Alex Murdaugh Gets Another 27 Years
Alex Murdaugh
Gets Another
27 Years

Alex Murdaugh Gets Another 27 Years

Disgraced lawyer, already serving time for murder, pleads guilty to stealing from clients

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh is already in prison for the murders of his wife and son, but as ABC News reports, Tuesday brought a different piper for the disgraced South Carolina legal scion to pay: His former clients. Murdaugh pleaded guilty to bilking them out of millions of dollars over the...

Court Official Tampered With Jury, Murdaugh's Attorneys Say

They want a new trial over the alleged actions of Rebecca Hill

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh wants a new murder trial, and detailed the reason why in a 65-page filing submitted Tuesday. His lawyers argued that jury tampering occurred, thereby denying him a fair trial, and included sworn affidavits from three jury members in their filing. Sources tell NBC News at least two jurors...

Man Who 'Repeatedly' Enabled Alex Murdaugh Gets 7 Years

Russell Laffitte was found guilty of wire and bank fraud in November

(Newser) - The man who once headed a highly respected bank in the South Carolina Lowcountry will spend seven years in federal prison for helping convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh steal nearly $2 million from clients' legal settlements. Russell Laffitte was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six charges related...

Victim's Family Settles for $15M in Murdaugh Boat Crash

Comes after judge refused to separate chain store, Alex Murdaugh in wrongful death case

(Newser) - The family of a teen killed in a boat crash, which prosecutors say began the financial downfall of double murderer Alex Murdaugh, has reached a $15 million deal to settle a lawsuit against a convenience store chain that sold Murdaugh's son alcohol while underage, the AP reports. Sunday's...

Body of Teen Found Dead Near Murdagh Estate Exhumed
Second Autopsy Conducted
on Stephen Smith

Second Autopsy Conducted on Stephen Smith

Teen was found dead near Murdaugh property in 2015

(Newser) - Stephen Smith, the 19-year-old found dead near the Murdaugh family property in South Carolina in 2015, can "really rest at ease" now that a second autopsy has been conducted, a lawyer for his mother says. Eric Bland says Smith's body was exhumed for the autopsy and returned to...

Teen Found Dead Near Murdaugh Home Was Murdered: Lawyer

SLED believes Stephen Smith was intentionally killed, according to attorney Eric Bland

(Newser) - Stephen Smith's body has yet to be exhumed, but authorities already consider his 2015 death as murder. An attorney for Smith's mother said Tuesday that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division believes the 19-year-old's death was a homicide. The South Carolina State Highway Patrol initially said Smith...

Alex Murdaugh's Brother Doesn't Know What to Think

'Not knowing is the hardest thing,' says Randy Murdaugh

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh's older brother isn't convinced that the South Carolina lawyer really killed his wife and son. "The not knowing is the worst thing," Randy Murdaugh tells the New York Times following his brother's conviction. He says Alex's arrest for murder last July left...

Buster Murdaugh: Media Are Harassing Me
Buster Murdaugh
Goes to the Cops

Buster Murdaugh Goes to the Cops

Complains that media are harassing him and his girlfriend

(Newser) - Buster Murdaugh says he and his girlfriend are being harassed by the media since his father, Alex Murdaugh, was convicted of murdering Buster's mother, Maggie, and brother, Paul. On Sunday morning, Buster Murdaugh called police to make a complaint about a tabloid photo of him inside his condo in...

Alex Murdaugh Receives Two Life Sentences

He again proclaims his innocence in murder of his wife and son in South Carolina

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh received no mercy on Friday from the judge in his double-murder trial. One day after he was convicted of killing his wife and son , the 54-year-old was sentenced to life without parole, reports the AP . He actually received two consecutive life sentences, per CNN . As the hearing started,...

Murdaugh Prosecution: Why Would an Innocent Man Lie?

Prosecution presented closing arguments Wednesday, defense to follow

(Newser) - The prosecution gave its closing arguments Wednesday in Alex Murdaugh's murder trial, and they argued that he was the only one with the means, motive, and opportunity to kill his wife Maggie and son Paul. Video presented at the trial pushed Murdaugh to admit he had lied to investigators...

At Murdaugh Trial, Defense Floats a New Theory

Expert says there must have been 2 killers

(Newser) - A defense expert in the double murder trial of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh testified Monday that he thinks two different shooters killed Murdaugh's wife and son, the AP reports. While the idea has hovered over the trial because two different weapons were used and no evidence has...

The Defense Made a Big Deal Out of Murdaugh's Height

Meanwhile, prosecutors rested their case on Friday

(Newser) - The defense team at disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh’s double murder trial finally get their chance to present their version of events after more than three weeks of testimony. Prosecutors rested their case Friday after presenting 61 witnesses and introducing more than 550 pieces of evidence over 17...

Murdaugh's Drug Habit Cost $50K—Per Week

Admission triggers a blow to South Carolina lawyer's murder defense

(Newser) - The judge in Alex Murdaugh's murder trial made a dramatic reversal Wednesday after defense attorneys claimed authorities had failed to investigate lines of evidence that could point to other possible killers in the June 2021 murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh. During cross-examination, defense attorney Jim Griffin asked SLED...

Alex Murdaugh Can't Keep Jury in Dark on Money Woes

Judge rules against him at double-murder trial

(Newser) - A judge ruled Monday he will allow jurors to hear evidence that disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was stealing money from his law firm and clients and committing other financial crimes long before his wife and son were killed in 2021. Murdaugh, 54, is standing trial in the shootings...

Video Shown at Trial Seems to Contradict Alex Murdaugh's Alibi

Prosecutors say video indicates Murdaugh was indeed at the scene of the crime

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh says he was taking a nap and then heading out to visit his ailing mother as his wife and son were killed on the family property in June 2021, and that he was not at the dog kennels where they were fatally shot. But jurors in Murdaugh's...

After Murders, Murdaugh Kept Mentioning Boat Crash

First witness, a sheriff's deputy, says he saw no 'visible tears' from the accused

(Newser) - The first officer to respond to Alex Murdaugh's report that he'd found his wife and son shot to death on the family's property says he cried no tears. Instead, the South Carolina attorney immediately provided a motive for why the killer acted against his loved ones on...

'It's Going to Get Gruesome' During Alex Murdaugh Trial

Opening statements were made Wednesday

(Newser) - The jury has been seated for Alex Murdaugh's trial on charges that he murdered his wife and son, and in opening statements Wednesday, prosecutors warned that things would be getting intense. They painted a picture of Murdaugh's wife, Margaret, and son, Paul, having no idea what was about...

Hotels Packed, Food Trucks Ready as Murdaugh Trial Begins

Jury selection begins Monday in South Carolina

(Newser) - It's being called the "trial of the century" by some outlets, or at the very least, South Carolina's trial of the century: Alex Murdaugh's trial on charges of murdering his wife and son begins Monday with jury selection. A sampling of coverage in advance of the...

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