Alex Murdaugh’s trial lasted nearly six weeks, and yet on Thursday night, the jury only needed three hours to deliberate before coming back with a guilty verdict. That’s pretty speedy for such a massive case — and it was actually even faster than that!!
Sitting down with Good Morning America on Friday morning, before Alex was sentenced to two life sentences for murdering his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, juror Craig Moyer revealed it was cell phone evidence — specifically a video that allegedly placed the disgraced South Carolina lawyer at the crime scene just moments before the murders — that had him convinced of Murdaugh’s guilt.
In a very candid interview, the juror explained:
“I was certain it was voice. Everybody else could hear too.”
At the start of the trial, prosecutor Creighton Waters revealed Paul had taken a cell phone video near the dog kennels on the family’s property just minutes before he and his mother were fatally shot. During the trial, several witnesses testified that they heard the voices of Paul, Maggie, and Alex in the video, which is pretty major considering the 54-year-old claimed he was not home at the time of the brutal killings.
The contents of the video proved so detrimental to Alex’s case, that when he took the stand to share his side of the story, he actually admitted to lying about his whereabouts on the night of the deaths! He was apologetic, claiming his paranoia about law enforcement and his opioid addiction caused him to make up a fake story. When asked what he thought of Alex coming clean about the lie, Craig said:
“I was very surprised. That was his only savior right there.”
For this particular juror, this was all the evidence he needed to hear to realize the once-prominent attorney was guilty. But there was also a TON of other evidence that pointed to the same conclusion, too.
According to the southerner, when the jury first went back to deliberate, they took a vote. The majority thought Alex was guilty (a total of nine votes) while two others thought he was innocent and one person was unsure. They then spent 45 minutes (!!) going over all the evidence before finally agreeing. Alex was declared guilty on two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Yes, you read that right. They came to a unanimous decision on all four counts in just “about 45 minutes, maybe an hour” because “the evidence was clear.” Whoa! That is super telling!
The GMA reporter, Eva Pilgrim, then noted how “for some people it’s so hard to understand how a husband — especially a father would kill their own son.” Craig didn’t hesitate to explain why they were all able to get on the same page so quickly, sharing:
“His responses. How quick he was with the defense, and his lies, steady lies. a good liar, but not good enough.”
Oof. He also believed there “was just enough time” for Alex to commit the crimes and go visit his mother to create an alibi, despite what the defense argued. When asked what it was like to see the defendant crying on the stand, Craig clapped back:
“I didn’t see any true remorse or any compassion or anything. He never cried. All he did was blow snot. No tears.”
Wow. A very inneresting point…
The jury’s guilty verdicts were read off at around 7 p.m. on Thursday night. According to GMA, after it was read, the convicted felon turned to his surviving son Buster, who was seated in the courtroom and said, “I’m sorry. I love you.” His defense attorney immediately asked for a mistrial, but Judge Clifton Newman promptly shot that down, saying:
“The evidence of guilt is overwhelming, and I deny the motion.”
On Friday morning, Alex returned to court for his sentencing, which is two life sentences that will run consecutively. He also faces another trial in the future for numerous financial crimes. You can hear lots more from the juror (below):
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