alex was after murdoff pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder charges His wife and son, Judge Clifton Newman, sentenced him Friday to consecutive life sentences.
After five weeks of deliberations ended on Thursday, jurors returned their verdict within hours.
The case attracted national attention because Murdoff was a prominent figure and attorney in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Prosecutors alleged that Murdaugh murdered his family to gain sympathy for facing financial problems.
“It doesn’t matter who your family is. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or what you have. It doesn’t matter how prominent you think you are. If you do wrong If you break the law, if you commit murder, justice will be done in South Carolina,” said lead attorney Creighton Waters.
Murdaugh maintained his innocence at sentencing on Friday.
Newman said he did not question the state’s decision not to pursue the death penalty, but said the case may be worthy of the death penalty, given its aggravating factors.
“I would never, under any circumstances, hurt my wife, Maggie, and never, under any circumstances, hurt my son, Paul,” he said.