Alex Murdaugh on Trial for Alleged Double Murder: Closing Arguments Begin

Alex Murdaugh is on trial for the alleged double murder of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and son, Paul Murdaugh, in June 2021.[0] Prosecutors allege that Murdaugh shot his family in an attempt to cover up years of financial crimes he himself committed and admitted to in court.[1]

The prosecution has argued that the 54-year-old believed the deaths of his wife and son would prevent his financial crimes from being exposed.[2] The defense team has asserted that the state did not seriously consider any other suspects.

In his closing arguments, prosecutor Creighton Waters called Murdaugh a “master manipulator” who lied easily to his vulnerable clients and to the jurors in the courtroom.[3] He argued that Murdaugh had the motive, means, and opportunity to commit the crime and referenced lies he told to law enforcement.[4]

Video evidence was also used to show the jury clips from the first interview conducted by investigator David Owen.

Murdaugh is accused of stealing nearly $9 million from clients and his former firm, and admitted to the bulk of the thefts when he testified.[5] He is also facing over 100 other charges for other alleged financial and other crimes for which he was disbarred last year.[6]

The defense has argued that two guns were used in the murders, indicating there were two shooters.[6] They also pointed to a blue raincoat found months after the killings that was covered in gunshot residue but was never tied to Murdaugh.[7]

Prior to closing arguments, Judge Clifton Newman removed one juror who had engaged in improper discussions about the case.[8] Five jurors have been replaced during the trial, leaving just one alternate.[6]

Murdaugh faces up to 30 years to life in prison if convicted of the killings.[9] Jury deliberations are anticipated to commence later in the week.[10]

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1. “Judge kicks off juror in Alex Murdaugh trial”, 2 Mar. 2023,

2. “Alex Murdaugh trial evidence that the jury will consider” BBC, 2 Mar. 2023,

3. “Alex Murdaugh shot wife Maggie while she was ‘running to her baby': prosecutors” Fox News, 1 Mar. 2023,

4. “LIVE: Day 28: Murdaugh defense to present its closing arguments Thursday” Live 5 News WCSC, 2 Mar. 2023,

5. “Jury in Alex Murdaugh's double murder trial begins deliberations Thursday afternoon” Fox News, 2 Mar. 2023,

6. “Alex Murdaugh trial jury beings deliberations in South Carolina double murder case” CBS News, 2 Mar. 2023,

7. “Alex Murdaugh jurors begin deliberations in double murder trial” The Guardian US, 2 Mar. 2023,

8. “Excused Murdaugh juror left ‘a dozen eggs' in jury room” The Hill, 2 Mar. 2023,

9. “Alex Murdaugh trial: juror dismissed for ‘improper' conversations” BBC, 2 Mar. 2023,

10. “What we've learned from Alex Murdaugh murder trial” BBC, 2 Mar. 2023,