Murdaugh sentenced to life in prison for murdering wife, son
The five-week trial of Alex Murdaugh garnered national attention before jurors made a swift decision on his guilt.LEARN MORE
The appeal filed Thursday with the South Carolina court of Appeals challenges the validity of the verdict and the severity of the sentence.
Attorneys for Alex Murdaugh have filed a notice to appeal his recent convictions and life sentence for murdering his wife and son.
The appeal, filed by attorney Dick Harpootlian Thursday with the South Carolina court of Appeals, challenges the validity of the verdict and the severity of the sentence.
The six-week trial garnered national attention and included over 75 witnesses, but it took the jury less than three hours to find the 54-year-old Murdaugh guilty.
The disgraced former South Carolina lawyer could have received as little as 30 years in prison, but Circuit Judge Clifton Newman gave the maximum punishment of two life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Murdaugh's lawyers called for a mistrial shortly after the jury reached a verdict, but Newman denied the motion.
Murdaugh also faces more than 100 charges for a string of financial and other alleged crimes.
The appeal notice did not include arguments, but Harpootlian had raised issues during the trial about the preservation of the crime scene.
The bricks weighed a total of 75 pounds and had an estimated street value of $2.3 million, Border Patrol reported.
Police said they arrested 32-year-old Jason Billingsley late Wednesday night at a train station east of Washington, D.C.
Theft and organized retail crime have been on the rise in the U.S., with Philadelphia being the latest target.
Scripps News' investigative reporting uncovers the impact of fentanyl overdoses, the children employed on U.S. farms and alleged Chinese spying.
TV stars and social media influencers still show a lot of tobacco use, despite rules against the advertising of tobacco products.
The economic impact of national parks is so important in Utah and Arizona that leaders there want to invest state funds to keep parks open.