Standing in the room, Murdaugh was unfazed, though he was blinking endlessly.
It took less than three hours of deliberation for jurors to find him guilty of shooting to death his wife Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and their son Paul Murdaugh, 22, on June 7, 2021 near the kennel. from his sprawling South Carolina estate, named Moselle.
He is exposed to being sentenced to life imprisonment. The penalty will be known on Friday morning.
He was accused of stealing vast amounts of money from his law office, from friends and even from his housekeeper’s son, and of having executed their relatives to avoid discovery.
The case drew attention in the US, where the documentary “The Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal” is among the most watched on Netflix, with 40 million views last week.
“He fooled the whole world,” but “don’t be fooled” by this “master con man,” prosecutor Creighton Waters told jurors Wednesday.
“Why would he have killed the two people he loves the most in the world?” his lawyer Jim Griffin responded Thursday, denouncing an “absurd theory” and asking for his acquittal citing the absence of material evidence.
The jurors visited the farm on Thursday to better understand the layout of the place. It was the first time in a month and a half that television cameras were unable to film.