A juror was satisfied South Carolina authorized scion Alex Murdaugh was responsible of murdering his spouse and son when he took the stand — resulting in a lightning-fast conviction regardless of “loud” jury deliberations within the high-profile case.
Juror Craig Moyer, 37, instructed The Publish on Sunday he believed Murdaugh ‘s personal testimony was the tipping level within the six-week trial.
In an emotional show, the disgraced and disbarred lawyer admitted he lied to authorities about his whereabouts the night time of the double-homicide.
Murdaugh shocked the courtroom by acknowledging he was on the canine kennels the place a Snapchat video from his now-dead son caught the 54-year-old’s voice within the background shortly earlier than the massacre.
“When he took the stand, he type of confirmed his guilt then,” Moyer, a development employee, mentioned from his dwelling.
“His head shaking on a regular basis and no tears, and he wiped his nostril like this,” Moyer mentioned as he pretended to vigorously wipe his nostril along with his arm.
“Him crying and shaking his head backwards and forwards and him admitting that he was there [at the dog kennels] a 12 months and a half later,” mentioned Moyer.
Murdaugh was convicted Thursday of fatally capturing spouse Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, in June 2021 at considered one of their properties. He was sentenced to life in jail Friday for the brutal slayings as his surviving son Buster appeared on.
Whereas Murdaugh’s practice wreck testimony was useful in Moyer’s decision-making, he mentioned the proof that swayed him most was the canine video shot by Paul Murdaugh. Prosecutors argued in court docket the social media video with Alex Murdaugh’s voice on it was shot minutes earlier than the gunfire started.
“The canine kennel video, I imply it occurred proper earlier than they have been phoneless.” Moyer mentioned of Alex Murdaugh’s voice on the Snapchat video.
Initially, two jurors didn’t consider Murdaugh was the assassin, and Moyer mentioned deliberations bought heated. He mentioned he isn’t certain what modified their minds earlier than all 12 jurors rapidly got here to a consensus.
“It was type of loud, all people speaking over one another however we bought it executed.” Moyer mentioned, stressing each juror was severe when discussing the case.
In a earlier interview, Moyer mentioned the jurors reached a verdict in 45 minutes.
As for the one juror who was dismissed after which instructed the choose she wanted to retrieve a dozen eggs, Moyer discovered the request unusual.
The unidentified lady was booted from the jury after she was apparently caught speaking in regards to the case outdoors the courtroom. When Colleton County Courtroom Choose Clifton Newman requested her if she wanted to gather any private objects, she replied by bizarrely saying, “a dozen eggs” — a comment that had the complete courtroom laughing.
“I believed it was type of bizarre in regards to the eggs,” Moyer mentioned. “All people’s speaking in regards to the eggs.”
“I believe one other juror introduced them in and gave them to her,” Moyer defined. “They have been farm eggs.”