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‘He’s Not Telling The Truth’: Alex Murdaugh’s Brother Says He 'Knows More' About Family Murders

Randy Murdaugh has expressed skepticism of his younger brother Alex's version of events in the brutal murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

By Dorian Geiger

Alex Murdaugh’s brother says the recently convicted South Carolina legal scion “knows more” about the killings of his wife and son than he’s letting on.

Murdaugh was convicted last week of murdering his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, who were gunned down at the family's Colleton County hunting property in June 2021. He has continued to deny responsibility, but his older brother, Randy Murdaugh, has now publicly expressed skepticism of his version of events.

“He knows more than what he's saying. He’s not telling the truth, in my opinion, about everything there,” Randy Murdaugh told The New York Times.

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Randy Murdaugh, who worked alongside his brother at the family law firm where he was later fired from for allegedly embezzling millions, is one of the first immediate family members of Alex Murdaugh to publicly speak out since the disgraced lawyer’s conviction last week.

A courthouse image of Randy Murdaugh.

On Friday, a judge sentenced 54-year-old Alex Murdaugh to two consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility for parole in the grisly slayings. A jury deliberated for roughly three hours before making their decision. Despite his brother’s conviction, Randy Murdaugh says he remains consumed by disbelief and doubt.

“The not knowing … is the worst thing there is,” Randy added.

He said he had looked forward to the trial’s conclusion, hoping he’d glean some much-needed closure from the jury’s decision.  

“I hoped that after the trial, because there’s nothing more that can be presented, that I’d stop thinking about this,” Randy Murdaugh added. “But so far, that has not been the case.”

Alex Murdaugh's New Mugshot

Randy Murdaugh’s comments marked a stark departure in tone from statements Alex Murdaugh’s own lawyers had made in the wake of last week’s conviction, particularly regarding his own family’s support. At a news conference on Friday, attorney Jim Griffin suggested that the entire Murdaugh clan came away “convinced” he had nothing to do with the double murder.

“After six weeks of trial, they came away more convinced that he did not do this, and they are steadfastly in his camp and support him,” Griffin told reporters.

Alex Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, as well as his younger brother, John Marvin Murdaugh, testified on his behalf at trial. Randy Murdaugh, who didn’t attend every day of trial proceedings, unlike some other Murdaugh relatives, was not called on as a defense witness, per the Times.

Randy Murdaugh, who is just two years older than Alex, had treaded a relatively similar path in life to his younger brother, but they were not overly close as they grew older, he admitted. They both attended law school at the University of South Carolina and later took up posts at the family’s century-old law firm that was founded by great grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh Sr. 

“It’s not like there was some problem with our relationship, necessarily,” Randy Murdaugh told the Times. “We just really weren’t alike, so we didn’t do stuff together.”

Nonetheless, following Alex Murdaugh’s indictment for murder in 2022, Randy Murdaugh admitted he was both saddened and perplexed by his brother’s unraveling web of lies, particularly his confession that he’d been stealing money from the family law firm. He said he hasn’t spoken to Alex Murdaugh for approximately a year.

In the immediate aftermath of Paul and Maggie’s murders, Randy Murdaugh said he first began to suspect something was off with Alex Murdaugh when he noticed that his younger brother wasn’t making any attempts to aid police in solving the brutal homicides.

Randy claimed he was making phone calls non-stop in the days following the crime on his brother's behalf in attempts to source any new leads he could regarding the double murder. Alex, he said, made no such efforts.

“I spent considerable time, day after day for weeks on end, calling people,” he said. But Alex never did, he said. Maggie’s sister testified at trial to the same effect, saying she found it odd that Alex never talked about who might have been the killer. He did tell her, she said, that he imagined whoever had done so had “thought about it for a long time.”

The elder Murdaugh says he’ll continue to practice law in Colleton County, but noted his younger sibling’s legal drama has done irreparable harm to his own reputation, despite efforts to distance himself from Alex Murdaugh.

“Listen, I’m not him,” Randy Murdaugh said, referencing what he now has to tell new clients, adding, “I’m doing things the right way, always have.’”

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