CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: The graves of Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son are believed to still be without headstones nearly two years after they were murdered by the disgraced attorney. Side-by-side graves are marked with small plastic plaques at Hampton Cemetery about 80 miles west of Charleston.
The grave of Murdaugh’s father, Randolph III, located near Paul and Maggie’s grave, is adorned with a majestic chest-high granite headstone, Radar Online reports. Randolph III died on June 10, 2021.
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“Paul and Maggie are forgotten victims”
“It’s sad that no one has put a headstone on the graves yet,” said Karen Morrison, a true crime buff who drove four hours to tour the cemetery, of Paul and Maggie’s graves. “I just imagine there’s no money and the family is so busy with everything that’s going on – the grave is just an afterthought.” She added, “I know they’ll get one eventually – I’m sure they will.”
(LR) Alex Murdaugh and Maggie Murdaugh pictured with their sons Paul Murdaugh and Buster Murdaugh in 2018 (Maggie Murdaugh/Facebook)
Paul and Maggie’s resting place has since become a place of pilgrimage for many visitors, many of whom have expressed disappointment at the missing headstones. “[Paul and Maggie] are the forgotten victims in all of this,” Mike Artis, 60, told Fox News. “There was so much attention on him, and not enough attention on them and that’s why we came here. “
Alex Murdaugh is appealing his life sentence
Murdaugh has 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 shook as the verdict was read at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, Carolina from South. This came after six weeks of testimony. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
Murdaugh is being held in his own cell at Kirkland Reception and Assessment Centre. He would be held with the most violent inmates in the state. Lawyers for the disgraced 54-year-old barrister have now filed a motion to appeal his conviction and sentence.
Prior to the announcement of the guilty verdict, Murdaugh’s attorney had claimed that investigators had fabricated evidence. He said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) focused on his client’s alleged financial wrongdoing instead of securing the crime scene and investigating key evidence. Assistant Attorney General John Meadors then said there was no need for prosecutors to prove motive because all the evidence pointed to Murdaugh.
Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, Murdaugh’s lawyers, had indicated in the past that they would appeal within 10 days of his conviction. On Friday, March 10, Harpootlian tweeted, “Today @lawyergriffin and I filed our notice of appeal for Alex Murdaugh. This is the next step in legal proceedings to defend Alex’s constitutional right to a fair trial. .” He added: “No amount of vitriol or misguided attacks will prevent 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 defend Alex’s constitutional right to a fair trial.
— Dick Harpootlian (@HarpootlianSC) March 9, 2023
No amount of vitriolic 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