Disbarred South Carolina attorney Richard "Alex" Murdaugh was indicted on murder charges in the double homicide killings of his wife and son.
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The disgraced former attorney, whose family dominated the legal scene in the small Hampton County community for nearly a century, is already jailed and faces dozens of criminal charges that have piled up in the months since his wife Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, were killed last June. But until now, he had not been charged in connection with the deaths.
The Colleton County Grand Jury charged Murdaugh with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
The indictments were signed Thursday. If convicted of murder, Murdaugh would face 30 years to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors could also choose to seek the death penalty under state law because more than one person was killed.
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