The disgraced lawyer who was found guilty of killing his wife and son has been sentenced to two life sentences.
Alex Murdaugh was convicted of the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul after an explosive trial that gripped the whole country.
According to reports, the victims were found dead next to the dog kennels at their 1,700-acre estate in South Carolina.
The mother and her son were shot but Murdaugh denied responsibility for the killings throughout his trial.
On Friday, the judge told the disgraced lawyer during sentencing: “You have turned from lawyer to witness, and now have an opportunity to make your final appeal as an ex-lawyer.”
Murdaugh repeated that he “would never under any circumstances” hurt his family.
During the trial, the ex-lawyer insisted: “I did not kill Maggie, and I did not kill Paul. I would never hurt Maggie, and I would never hurt Paul, ever, under any circumstances.”
When questioned by prosecutors, Murdaugh continued to profess his innocence and said: “You have charged me with murdering my wife and my son, and I have sat here for these weeks listening to this financial stuff that I did wrong, that I’m embarrassed by.
“I’m happy to talk with you about that as much as you would like to talk about. I’m required to talk about it as much as you want to talk about it. But the fact is I cannot specifically remember sitting down for the details you’re asking for.
“But what I can tell you is that in all of these financial situations, I stole money that was not my money, I misled people I shouldn’t have misled, and I did wrong. I can tell you that.”
When he denied again and insisted that he is innocent, the judge said: “It might not have been you, but the monster you become when you take (a large amount of) op*oid pills.”
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