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Rekieta Law: Murdaugh case had reasonable doubt

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you’ve likely heard of the Murdaugh murder trial. After all, there’s already a Netflix documentary streaming on the topic. The story goes that Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son were found fatally shot on the family’s Islandton property on June 7th, 2021.

Though Murdaugh maintained his innocence, it wasn’t enough to convince the jury.

After a six-week trial, South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was found guilty of the murders. Murdaugh received two life sentences to run consecutively without the possibility of parole.

A juror from the trial wasted no time in telling what happened on "Good Morning America," telling the hosts that it took the jurors a mere 45 minutes to come to a conclusion.

While many have their opinions on the trial, Gonzales admits that a lawyer might be the best voice for a discussion on the matter, rather than those who came to their conclusion via the Netflix documentary.

So, Gonzales invited Nick Rekieta, a Minnesota lawyer, on "The News and Why it Matters" to give his expert take on the verdict.

Rekieta said, “When you look at this case, there really isn’t much evidence at all, and I love that the jurors sat there and said, 'Well, all of the evidence was clear.' It’s like, what evidence?”

He went on to say, “It seems like Alex Murdaugh was convicted based on his personality, his character, and his other crimes, of which there is ample evidence.”

A Snapchat video that Murdaugh’s son posted before the murders became the most damning piece of evidence as it put Murdaugh at the scene of the crime, even though he claimed that he was not there when it happened.

Rekieta told Gonzales, “Now, that lie could be explained in a lot of ways. It could be explained as not a lie — he’s a known opioid abuser, he is potentially under the stress of finding his wife and son murdered when he’s questioned. But when you’ve got a guy going before the jury and having to admit that he lied to investigators on the night of the murder of his wife and son, that’s going to look bad. It’s always going to look bad.”

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