During cross-examination on Friday, Alex Murdaugh claimed that his wife and son were brutally murdered as a result of a fatal boat wreck that occurred in 2019. The wreck, caused by Murdaugh’s son Paul, resulted in the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach and triggered a wrongful death lawsuit against the Murdaugh family.
Murdaugh believes that the negative press coverage and threats he received as a result of Paul’s criminal charges for the accident led to the murders of his wife and son.
Lead prosecutor Creighton Waters challenged Murdaugh’s theory, calling it a “random vigilantes” theory, stating that it was unlikely that the suspects would have known Paul and Maggie would be alone at the kennels and have access to the family’s weapons and ammunition.
Murdaugh denied shooting his son and wife when he took the stand in his own defense on Thursday, stating that he does not believe any of the boat passengers or their families are responsible for the murders.
The prosecution argues that Murdaugh killed his wife and son to deflect from his theft of nearly $9 million from his law firm and clients. The prosecution claims that the murders were part of Murdaugh’s attempt to cover up his embezzlement.
During his testimony, Murdaugh tearfully maintained his belief that the boat wreck was the reason behind his family’s murders. He also spoke about the vilification he faced in the media and social media following Paul’s criminal charges, which he claims played a role in the events that led to his family’s murders.
In summary, Alex Murdaugh claimed that the boat wreck that occurred in 2019 was the reason why his wife and son were brutally murdered. However, the prosecution argues that Murdaugh killed his family to cover up his embezzlement. The trial continues.
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