WALTERBORO, S.C. — Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for the murders of his wife and grown son — another chapter in the downfall of the disgraced attorney whose dynastic family had significant legal reach for decades in parts of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
“Amazingly to have you come and testify that it was just another ordinary day. ‘My wife and son and I were out just enjoying life.’ Not credible. Not believable. You can convince yourself about it but obviously you have the inability to convince anyone else about that,” Judge Clifton Newman said moments before handing down two consecutive life sentences.
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Like he did on the witness stand at trial, Murdaugh maintained his innocence on Friday but Newman pointedly asked when will his web of deceit end.
“I know you have to see Paul and Maggie during the night times when you’re attempting to go to sleep. I’m sure they come and visit you. I’m sure,” the judge told Murdaugh at one point in the Colleton County courtroom.
“Every night,” said Murdaugh, whose storied family name was once synonymous with the law in parts of South Carolina.
Murdaugh’s defense attorneys said they plan to file a notice of intention to appeal the decision within 10 days.
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Defense attorney Dick Harpootlian defended the decision to let Murdaugh testify, saying his credibility was under question because of his alleged financial wrongdoings.
“Once they got that character information – ‘he’s a thief, he’s a liar’ – then this jury had to think that he’s a despicable human being, and not to be believed,” Harpootlian told