Alex Murdaugh's wife Maggie and son Paul's graves have no headstones nearly 2 years after murders
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: Alex Murdaugh's wife and son's graves are reportedly still without headstones nearly two years after they were murdered by the disgraced lawyer. The side-by-side gravesites are marked by small plastic plaques at Hampton Cemetery about 80 miles west of Charleston.
The grave of Murdaugh's father Randolph III, located near the grave of Paul and Maggie, is adorned with a stately chest-high granite marble tombstone, reports Radar Online. Randolph III died June 10, 2021.
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'Paul and Maggie are forgotten victims'
“It’s sad that no one has yet to put a tombstone on the graves,” Karen Morrison, a true-crime enthusiast who drove four hours to visit the cemetery, said of Paul and Maggie's graves. “I just imagine there is no money and the family’s been so busy with everything that is going on – the grave is just an afterthought.” She added, "I know they will get one eventually – I’m certain of it."
The resting place of Paul and Maggie' has since become a pilgrimage site for numerous visitors, many of whom expressed disappointment at the missing tombstones. "[Paul and Maggie] are the forgotten victims in all this," Mike Artis, 60, told Fox News. "So much focus was on him, and not enough focus was on them and that's why we came down here."
Alex Murdaugh appeals his life sentence
Murdaugh reportedly filed a motion to appeal his conviction for the murders of Paul and Maggie. Murdaugh was found guilty of murdering the two after jurors deliberated for three hours on March 2, 2023. The 54-year-old trembled as the verdict was read at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina. This came after six weeks of testimony. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
Murdaugh is being held in his own cell at the Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Center. He is reportedly housed with the state's most violent inmates. Attorneys for the 54-year-old disgraced lawyer have now filed a motion to appeal his conviction and sentence.
Before the guilty verdict was announced, Murdaugh's attorney had claimed that investigators had fabricated evidence. He said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) had focused on his client's alleged financial misdeeds instead of securing the crime scene and investigating key evidence. Assistant Attorney General John Meadors then said it was not necessary for prosecutors to prove motive because all the evidence pointed to Murdaugh.
Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, Murdaugh's attorneys, had indicated in the past that they would appeal within 10 days of his sentencing. On Friday, March 10, Harpootlian tweeted, "Today @lawyergriffin and I filed our notice of appeal for Alex Murdaugh. This is the next step in the legal process to fight for Alex’s constitutional right to a fair trial." He added, "No amount of vitriol or misguided attacks will stop us from pursuing due process for Alex to the fullest extent of the law."
Today @lawyergriffin and I filed our notice of appeal for Alex Murdaugh. This is the next step in the legal process to fight for Alex’s constitutional right to a fair trial.— Dick Harpootlian (@HarpootlianSC) March 9, 2023
No amount of vitriol or misguided attacks will stop us from pursuing due process for Alex to the fullest extent of the law.— Dick Harpootlian (@HarpootlianSC) March 10, 2023