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Alex Murdaugh Has Shaved Head In New Mugshot Following His Double-Murder Sentencing
Fresh off his sentencing of life in prison without parole for the fatal shootings of his wife Maggie and youngest son Paul, Alex Murdaugh was seen with a newly shaved head in a mugshot taken just hours later.
Fresh off his sentencing of life in prison without parole on Friday for the fatal shootings of his wife and youngest son, Alex Murdaugh was seen with a newly shaved head in a mugshot taken just hours later.
Sources told TMZ that the new look was likely not the choice of the disgraced South Carolina attorney, as it would be standard operating practice to shave his head after he was taken from the court in handcuffs.
Earlier in the day Friday, Judge Clifton Newman offered Murdaugh the chance to speak at his sentencing after being found guilty by a jury Thursday for the murders of his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, at the family's hunting residence in Colleton County, South Carolina on June 7, 2021.
"As I tell you again, I respect this court. But I am innocent," Murdaugh, who was sporting his red hair with touches of grey at the time, said Friday. "I would never, under any circumstances, hurt my wife Maggie and I would never, under any circumstances, hurt my son Paul-Paul."
Newman then responded, “And it might not have been you. It might have been the monster you become,” in reference to Murdaugh's admitted opioid addiction.
The guilty verdicts came after just three hours of deliberations Thursday, capping off the month-long trial.
Prosecutors had argued that Murdaugh had killed his family members to delay scrutiny as his alleged financial crimes at his law firm were about to come to light.
Investigators believe Maggie and Paul were shot at some point between 9 and 10 p.m., referencing cell phone data that showed that they last used their phones around 8:49 p.m. on the night they were killed near the dog kennels on the property.
Murdaugh's attorneys had claimed during the trial that he had left the family home at around that time to visit his parent's home, and that he returned back home at 10 p.m. They argued that Murdaugh then drove to the kennels on the property, finding his wife and son shot, and called police at 10:07 p.m.
Murdaugh had initially told police that he had not been down at the kennels with Maggie and Paul earlier in the night, and maintained that story up until the trial, but then admitted during the trial that he was there. He only admitted he was there at the kennels while they were still alive after friends of Paul testified that they heard his voice on a video found on his phone.
The disbarred lawyer claimed he lied to law enforcement about being at the kennels with them because he distrusted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and because his opioid addiction caused him to be paranoid.
Murdaugh is still facing trial for about 100 charges involving financial crimes, some related to his botched suicide attempt, when he asked a distant cousin to shoot him in the head on the side of the road in September of 2021.
Investigators believe that Murdaugh set up that hit so that his surviving son Buster could benefit from his $10 million life insurance policy, believing his son would be denied the money if the death was ruled a suicide.
Murdaugh's lawyers have vowed to appeal his murder convictions, saying that their biggest grounds for appeal stem from the judge’s decision to allow evidence about his alleged financial crimes into the trial.