Prosecutors who jailed Alex Murdaugh for murdering his wife and son have revealed they are seeking a third life sentence for financial crimes.
A third conviction would ensure that the legal scion dies in prison, and authorities insist they will not stop bringing charges against Murdaugh until each of his victims in numerous financial frauds and robbery scams see justice.
Murdaugh faces 99 pending financial crime charges, and the convicted murderer could return to court in each of the five South Carolina counties where the admitted crimes occurred.
State Attorney General Alan Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters said ABC4News they are ‘100 percent’ determined to push through the third conviction.
Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh, center, could lose his chance for parole as prosecutors insist they are seeking a third life sentence.
Murdaugh is currently in the high-security Kirkland Correctional Institution, one of South Carolina’s most notorious prisons.
And while the disgraced former lawyer escaped death row for the murder of his wife Maggie and son Paul, a third life sentence would mean Murdaugh will spend the rest of his life behind bars under the state’s ‘three strikes’ law. ‘.
He is currently appealing his murder conviction, but the state is specifically seeking three additional breach of trust convictions totaling $10,000 or more.
Three additional convictions on the breach of trust charges would result in a life sentence, eliminating his chance for parole.
However, prosecutors say they won’t stop at just three additional convictions.
“These victims deserve their day in court, and we are going to pursue all cases involving all other victims,” Attorney General Wilson said.
‘They have their chance, they have their day in court.’
Waters, who is leading the cases against Murdaugh, added that his alleged victims of financial fraud hope to see justice in cases that “have nothing to do with the murders.”
“We are talking about someone who allegedly abused the trust that comes with that diploma on the wall that all of us (lawyers) have, and he did it in a way that is unparalleled.”
South Carolina Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters, pictured, is leading the charge to ensure Murdaugh dies in prison.
The state’s attorney general, Alan Wilson, said he is “100 percent” seeking another life sentence for the disgraced legal descendant.
Nearly two years after executing his wife and son, Alex Murdaugh has finally been caught after crucial evidence was presented at his trial.
Damning evidence included video placing him at the scene minutes before the murders, a ‘confession’ to police, and a disastrous appearance on the stand.
At the center of the state’s case was video taken of Murdaugh’s son in the pound moments before he was shot dead along with his mother.
It proved the doom of the disbarred attorney, as he had told police he was never at the crime scene.
He then took the stand during his trial and claimed that he only lied because his drug addiction made him paranoid, however his desperate attempt to change his alibi did not sway the jurors.
Among the harrowing evidence revealed in the six-week trial was also video footage that appeared to show a confession, when Murdaugh said, “I did so wrong” just three days after the murders.
Yet despite prosecutors winning a conviction in Murdaugh’s high-profile trial this month, there are still many questions about what led to the murders.
Alex Murdaugh is currently in the high-security Kirkland Correctional Institution, one of the most notorious prisons in South Carolina.
At the center of the lingering questions is what Murdaugh’s motivation was for killing his wife and son.
The prosecution put forward the theory that Murdaugh murdered his wife and son because his life was out of control, but did not give a specific reason for the executions.
He testified that he was in the midst of a crippling opioid addiction, faced mounting financial problems, and there were rumors that his marriage was falling apart.
Authorities also did not produce a murder weapon, and while a rifle Alex bought for his son might have been a match, according to prosecutors, it was never found.