Alex Murdaugh arrives to court in South Carolina for second day of jury selection

Not a care in the world: Alex Murdaugh arrives at court with a grin on his face for second day of jury selection in his double murder trial – as his defense file to EXCLUDE testimonies from forensic evidence experts

  • Alex Murdaugh, 54, was seen smiling as he arrived in court Tuesday
  • Jury selection continued on Tuesday for his weeks-long murder trial
  • Murdaugh is accused of killing his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, ‘execution-style’ in June 2021 

Disgraced legal scion Alex Murdaugh was seen smiling as he arrived in court Tuesday for the second day of jury selection.

Video posted online showed the once-powerful South Carolina attorney being escorted out of a black police van in front of the Colleton County Courthouse Tuesday morning.

The slimmed-down 54-year-old was handcuffed as he was led into the building for the second day of jury selection in his weeks-long murder trial.

Murdaugh is accused of killing his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul Murdaugh, 22, ‘execution style’ in June 2021. He has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyers are now seeking to exclude testimony by forensic evidence experts in the upcoming trial — which will include testimony from his surviving son Buster, brothers and his wife’s family.

Alex Murdaugh, 54. smiled as he was seen arriving in court Tuesday morning

Alex Murdaugh, 54. smiled as he was seen arriving in court Tuesday morning

Prosecutors say Murdaugh lured his wife and son to their 1,700-acre hunting lodge and shot them dead.

The court also claims that his life was spiraling out of control amid years of opioid addiction and ballooning debts.

Murdaugh pleaded not guilty in June, and the blockbuster trial is expected to have wild allegations of dark family secrets, financial ruin and hedonistic excess.

Among those expected to testify in the trial are Murdaugh’s own brothers, John Marvin and Randy Murdaugh, as well as his surviving son Buster.

Curtis Smith, who is accused of helping Murdaugh in a twisted assisted suicide scheme is also expected to take the stand, as well as members of  his wife’s family. 

But before the real-life legal drama can unfold live in court, lawyers say jury selection will take several days.

The 12-member jury will hear all of the evidence presented against the once-prominent lawyer, after authorities took over a year investigating the mysterious deaths to charge Murdaugh in connection with the crimes.

Murdaugh was led into the courtroom in handcuffs

He tried to hide the handcuffs under his jacket

Murdaugh was led into the courtroom in handcuffs hidden under his jacket Tuesday

Alex Murdaugh (center) is accused of killing his wife Maggie, 52, (right) and son Paul Murdaugh, 22, (left) in 2021

Alex Murdaugh (center) is accused of killing his wife Maggie, 52, (right) and son Paul Murdaugh, 22, (left) in 2021

Murdaugh is charged with two counts of homicide for the double murder, but prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty against him.

Instead they will ask for life without parole if he is convicted of murder – with the minimum sentence carrying a 30-year stint behind bars.

When asked if they had heard of the case, all potential jurors confirmed that they had, with several being excused because they had ‘form opinions which cannot be changed’. 

Last week prosecutors claimed that a Snapchat video was ‘critical to the case’, with Paul sending the footage shortly before 8pm on the night he died.

Investigators believe he and his mother died between 9pm and 9:30pm, and are seeking permission to call a Snapchat executive to testify as to the veracity of the video.

Creighton Waters, senior assistant deputy attorney general said: ‘Amongst other things, critical to the case is a video sent out to several friends at approximately 7:56p.m. on the night of the murders.

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