Watch: Alex Murdaugh murder trial continues in South Carolina Wednesday

Richard "Alex" Murdaugh faces a jury in Colleton County, South Carolina charged with killing his wife and son Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

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Judge Clifton Newman ruled on Monday that evidence pertaining to Alex Murdaugh's other alleged crimes would be permitted in the trial. The ruling is a big win for the prosecution, which filed documents indicating lawyers plan to paint Murdaugh as a man out of options, desperate to distract from his financial crimes.

"I find that the jury is entitled to consider the apparent desperation of Mr. Murdaugh because of his dire financial situation and the treat of being exposed. … possibly resulting in the commission of the alleged crimes," Newman said.

Murdaugh is the subject of a number of state investigations and has been indicted on nearly 100 different charges including fraud and drug trafficking. The admission of evidence related to these alleged crimes is expected to prolong what was already anticipated to be a three-week trial.

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  1. Can somebody answer this I don’t understand why the judge thought that Alex thievery and stealing was not admissible or that would slowly his character that is evidence to his state of mind of debauchery and debasement how low he has gone That’s not character assassination It’s like the man that’s on his third wife That’s evidence It goes to motive. Can somebody answer this please why the judge thought that was inadmissible in the beginning 👆

    1. Cause your character isn’t evidence. Defense made the mistake of asking a witness their assessment of Alex’s character – Judge said the state can do the same.

    2. The Judge re-thought it/ came back with an admissable/ it all went too fast/ this Judge ain’t going to give an inch,his daughter is a judge,GOOD LUCK ALEX!!!!!

  2. motive is not an element of the crime of murder. so when evidence which has no direct nexus to the elements of murder i.e, stealing from the law firm or drug addiction, is sought to be presented the judge is the gatekeeper who decides whether the evidence is probative enough of the crime to warrant admission and that the probative value of the evidence outweighs the perceived prejudicial impact to the Def.

    1. So what is considered an element of the crime of murder? How can stealing from the law firm be considered a motive for the murders?
      To average citizens motive would be the strongest evidence.

    2. Motive adds to likelihood of guilt. Also, you have to prove the murder was done with malice for first degree murder.

  3. i assure you that if the Def is convicted one of the main thrust on appeal will be the admission of evidence of his law firm theft and drug addiction. there are no hard and fast rules about the admission of this type evidence–the rules you hear the lawyers discussing in this case are more like platitides–and each decision by the judge on these issues would be separately weighed by the appellate court.

  4. Mr. Tinsley, the attorney for Mallory Beach, the girl killed in the boating accident, gave the perfect answer for motive. Once Paul and Maggie were murdered he felt he didn’t have a case against Alec Murdaugh because the jury would have sympathy for him. Alex Murdaugh thought the murders would take the heat off him and he would have time to sort out his financial mess and the boat law suit would go away.

  5. AS THEY SAY “FOLLOW THE MONEY” so it CANNOT be Ignored – Alex was playing for time, unfortunetly it resulted in 2 deaths, that was the end of the line.his LAST FANTASTIC IDEA. YOU HAVE HEARD THAT HE WAS THE MOST INTELLIGENT IN THAT LAW FIRM/ WHEN IN A CORNER, TALK TO ALEX,LOL!!!!!!

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