Alex Murdaugh‘s protection crew says the extraordinary curiosity in his trial value him a good one, telling reporters exterior his sentencing listening to right this moment that the jury ‘may have watched all of it on Netflix‘.
Murdaugh was yesterday discovered responsible of murdering his spouse Maggie and son Paul on the household’s looking lodge in South Carolina.
He pleaded his innocence all through a blockbuster six-week trial, however did not persuade the jury that another person was chargeable for their deaths.
At the moment, he was sentenced to 2 consecutive life sentences by a choose who branded him a ‘monster’.
Through the trial, Netflix launched a documentary sequence about his crimes and in regards to the household’s difficult internet of controversy and demise.
Murdaugh attorneys Dick Harpootlian (left) and Jim Griffin converse exterior courtroom after his sentencing
Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to 2 consecutive life sentences right this moment following a six week trial
There was additionally 18 months of intense public curiosity within the household, Murdaugh and his alleged crimes, which embrace a botched suicide try, embezzling from his legislation agency and theft from the sons of his late housekeeper.
At the moment, Murdaugh’s attorneys State Senator Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin stated he by no means stood an opportunity at a good trial provided that curiosity, and that prosecutors gained the case after they satisfied the jury that he was a liar.
‘The [jury] heard all the things. We have been hoping to get a jury that would ignore the noise and deal with the homicide.
‘They ended up attempting a case that they may have watched on Netflix,’ Griffin stated.
Harpootlian additionally defended placing Murdaugh on the stand – a transfer that turned the jurors off – saying he had ‘no alternative’ however to attempt to defend himself in opposition to the image that had been painted.
‘He had been made out to be a monster who stole from youngsters and crippled individuals… he needed to attempt to push again on that.
‘If he’d let that lay with out taking the stand, he was toast. Taking the stand – may he pull it off? Apparently he didn’t.’
Harpootlian additionally slammed a ‘comedy of errors’ by the police whereas gathering proof. Initially, the grand jury that indicted Murdaugh was informed police discovered blood spatter on his shirt, when no such blood spatter was ever detected.
Murdaugh maintains that another person killed his spouse and son, however that police have been too centered on him from the start to ever look severely for every other suspects.
‘It’s not our job to seek out the true killer. If they’d taken fingerprints, taken footprints… they misrepresented to the grand jury that they’d a shirt along with his blood on it…
The protection attorneys stated it wouldn’t have made a distinction having Buster Murdaugh give a press release on Friday, and that he’s already been by means of ‘extra trauma than anybody can think about’
Alex Murdaugh with spouse Maggie and their sons Buster (left) and Paul (proper)
Tracy Kinsinger holds up an indication as Alex Murdaugh walks into the Colleton County Courthouse for sentencing Friday, March 3, 2023 in Walterboro, S.C
Prosecutor John Meadors (proper) leaving the Colleton County Courtroom March third 2023
Members of the media look ahead to Alex Murdaugh to reach to the courthouse throughout his sentencing on the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, S.C., on Friday, March 3, 2023
Officers stroll by Daniel Brothers earlier than Alex Murdaugh is introduced into courtroom throughout the Alex Murdaugh sentencing on the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, S.C., on Friday
The Netflix sequence Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal was launched throughout the trial
‘It was a comedy of errors when it comes to forensics.
‘However do I’ve religion that they’d discover the true killer? No,’ he fumed.
They’ve vowed to enchantment the case, and say they’ll take all of it the best way to the Supreme Courtroom if needed.
The attorneys added that Murdaugh’s household are ‘steadfast’ of their help of him and extra satisfied than ever of his innocence.
‘There was quite a lot of effort by the state to persuade the household that Alex is the assassin. The household got here to trial every single day anticipating to listen to proof constructive that he killed Maggie and Paul.
‘They got here away extra satisfied that he didn’t do that,’ stated Griffin.
He additionally defined why Buster, Murdaugh’s surviving son, didn’t give an influence assertion right this moment earlier than his time period was handed down.
‘We may have had Mom Theresa up there talking in help of him and it wouldn’t have made a distinction. He was getting a double life sentence.
‘That was anticipated. That is Choose Newman. He’s a really stringent punisher in relation to crimes and sentences, that was by no means in dispute.
‘For Buster to rise up and converse on his dad’s behalf, it might not have made a distinction.
Harpootlian, who can also be a State Senator, stated a ‘comedy of errors’ in proof gathering led to Murdaugh’s arrest
Alex Murdaugh took the stand however did not persuade jurors of his innocence
‘And why do you wish to put that child by means of extra trauma than anyone we will ever think about has been by means of?’
Buster supported his father every single day in courtroom however he’s but to supply any public assertion on the murders of his mom and brother, or on the allegations in opposition to his father.
As Alex Murdaugh left the courthouse, a heckler yelled: ‘Buster’s subsequent! Justice for Stephen Smith!’
He was referring to the 19-year-old pal of Buster who died in 2015, and whose demise stays unexplained.
Police reopened the investigation into Smith’s demise after Maggie and Paul have been murdered.
Smith was discovered lifeless by the aspect of the highway in 2015. Initially, his demise was dominated a hit-and-run, however police now say he additionally had a blunt drive trauma wound to the top.
The Murdaugh household title is talked about all through the police case file that particulars his demise.
Alex Murdaugh informed the courtroom that on the time of his spouse and son’s deaths, he was spending as much as $50,000-a-week on opioids to feed a crippling habit that brought on him to lie steadily.
In handing down his sentence, Choose Clifford Newman stated Murdaugh can be haunted by his spouse and son.
‘It’s a must to see Paul and Maggie throughout the nighttime while you’re making an attempt to fall asleep. I’m positive they arrive and go to you. I’m positive,’ he stated.
Murdaugh replied: ‘All day, all night time.’
Choose Newman shot again: ‘I’m positive. And they’ll proceed to.’