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Prosecutors produced no direct evidence linking South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh to the killings of his wife and son, yet a jury took less than three hours to convict him. Legal experts say that is thanks, in large part, to the defendant himself. Observers say Murdaugh did himself no favors by taking the witness stand, where he admitted to stealing money from clients and lying to investigators about being at the kennels with his wife and son Paul shortly before their killings.
Jurors in Alex Murdaugh's murder trial got a chance to see for themselves the rural hunting estate where his wife and son were killed. Crime scene visits by juries are relatively rare. The disgraced South Carolina attorney was convicted of murder Thursday in the shooting deaths of his wife and son at dog kennels near their home on June 7, 2021.