Alex Murdaugh sentencing on murder charges
The defense team for Alex Murdaugh, who was Sentenced to life in prison The former attorney plans to appeal his conviction for killing his wife and son on Friday, his lawyers said.
The team plans to file a notice of intent to appeal the decision within 10 days. Attorney Richard “Dick” Harputlian shared the timeline in response to a question from a reporter outside the courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina, on Friday.
A reporter followed up with a question about what the defense believes is the strongest basis for an appeal.
Another of Murdoch’s attorneys, Jim Griffin, highlighted the admission Financial crime evidence will be considered in support of The prosecution presented the intention For the murders – to distract from Murdoch’s mounting financial problems and delay the investigation.
“It was being presented as to why he would go home and kill his wife and son, which we thought was illogical and ridiculous,” Griffin said. “There was really no evidence to link one to the other, and we didn’t think it should (be included).”
Other references: The prosecution’s focus on Murdoch’s financial motive underscored this Lack of direct evidence — such as the murder weapon, bloody clothing or eyewitnesses — that linked him to the murders. Instead, they rested their case on circumstantial evidence, including a resulting video that placed Murdaugh at the crime scene that night.
Although the financial evidence was not directly related to the murder charges, the judge Monitoring the case decided to allow it, saying it was “so intimately connected” to the state’s case “that its evidence is necessary to complete the story.” He instructed jurors to consider only the financial evidence as part of the objective and not as a broader critique of the defendant’s character.
CNN’s Eric Levenson and Alta Spells contributed to this post.