The Alex Murdaugh murder trial, explained

On March 2, a jury unanimously found Alex Murdaugh guilty of killing his wife and son in 2021. (Video: Reuters)
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In the more than 20 months since Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were found dead at their family’s sprawling South Carolina hunting estate, the public has been enthralled with Alex Murdaugh and the murder charges brought against him — a husband, father and member of a multigenerational legal dynasty who has come crashing down in a very public fashion.

Murdaugh, 54, who has been at the center of worldwide media coverage for months, took the stand this week to give his account of what happened on June 7, 2021, the day his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were killed. His defense attorneys have argued during the murder trial that no physical evidence connects Murdaugh to the scene of the crime, and prosecutors have staked their case on what they say are his years of financial shadiness, opioid addiction, lies to authorities and struggles to recall key events. On Thursday, he was found guilty of murdering his wife and son.

A dynasty broken: Alex Murdaugh found guilty of killing wife and son

Murdaugh pleaded not guilty in the murder case, which has sparked popular docuseries on Netflix and HBO Max; CNN and Court TV have carried the trial live, and media outlets have covered it aggressively since it started Jan. 25.