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Alex Murdaugh Planned To Murder Wife, Son For 6 Months, South Carolina Attorney Says

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Mar. 29 2023, Published 1:58 p.m. ET

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A lawyer with connections to Alex Murdaugh believes the convicted double murderer plotted the crimes for at least six months, according to authorities.

Mark Tinsley bases his claim on a decision Murdaugh made in December 2020, in the discovery process of a lawsuit.

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Tinsley says he filed a motion to make Murdaugh liable for pictures of his son Paul with alcohol. The photos and videos were posted on wife Maggie Murdaugh's Facebook page.

“Here’s a way to protect your wife, this person that you love more than anything, to keep her from being sued,” Tinsley explained to The Interview Room last week.

“The denial of those requests to admit indicated that he was already contemplating [murder]," Tinsley added.

Six months later, Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were found shot and killed at their South Carolina home. Alex Murdaugh was convicted of murdering them in early March, and is now serving two life sentences.

Tinsley noted what Alex Murdaugh said to his sister-in-law Marion Proctor after the shootings: “Whoever did this had been planning for a long time.”

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Tinsley testified during the murder trial as the attorney for Mallory Beach, who died in a February 2019 boat crash involving Paul Murdaugh. Beach reportedly was thrown from the boat when it hit a bridge.

Tinsley planned to sue Maggie Murdaugh, but sued her family's estate instead after she was killed. A legal settlement with the estate was finalized in January.

A wrongful death lawsuit in the death of Beach is scheduled for trial on August 14, officials said.


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