Butcher or innocent man: jury hears arguments in South Carolina murder trial

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By Nathan Layne (Reuters) – The lead prosecutor in the case against Richard “Alex” Murdaugh said the disbarred South Carolina attorney lied about his whereabouts on the night his wife and son were murdered, attacking his credibility as the high-profile trial got underway on Wednesday. In his opening statement, Murdaugh’s lawyer painted a vastly different portrayal of his client, arguing that he had no reason to murder his wife, Maggie, 52, and 22-year-old son Paul, who were shot to death on the family’s property on June 7, 2021. “He didn’t do it. He didn’t kill – butcher – his son and wife,” D…

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