Alex Murdaugh trial verdict – live: Disgraced attorney found guilty of murders as sentencing expected today

Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty by the jury in his double murder trial for the brutal slaying of his wife and son. It took jurors less than 3 hours to reach a verdict.

The 54-year-old disbarred attorney was convicted of two counts of murder and two weapons charges after a dramatic six-week “trial of the century” inside the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina. He faces life in prison on the charges.

After the verdict was read, Judge Clifton Newman said: “The evidence of guilt is overwhelming.”

In convicting Murdaugh, the jury determined beyond a reasonable doubt that he shot dead his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, on the grounds of the wealthy family’s 1,700-acre Moselle hunting estate in Islandton, South Carolina, on 7 June 2021.

The jury reached its unanimous verdict after hearing almost six weeks of testimony in a case that has enthralled the country for almost two years.

Central to the trial was a damning cellphone video taken by Paul just minutes before he and his mother were killed that placed Murdaugh at the scene at the time of the murders.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9.30am on Friday.

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