Alex Murdaugh guilty: Donald Trump, O.J. Simpson, Sheryl Crow, Piers Morgan, Candace Owens and more stars react to the compelling case | Gallery
3:00pm PDT, Mar 12, 2023
On March 3, 2023 — the morning after a jury found him guilty of killing wife Maggie and son Paul — Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to life in prison for their brutal 2021 murders. During and after a six-week trial during which the disgraced disbarred attorney — a scion of a powerful and influential family of lawyers in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region — took the stand at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, South Carolina, and admitted he lied about his whereabouts moments before the killings, true crime aficionados — including a few celebrities — were sucked into the proceedings.
Keep reading to hear what the stars had to say about Alex, the trial and the verdict…
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O.J. Simpson — who was famously acquitted of killing former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman — weighed in on the Alex Murdaugh trial in early March 2023. “Hey, Twitter world, it’s me, yours truly. A whole lot of people have been asking me what I think about this Alex Murdaugh trial. I don’t know why they think I’m an expert on it,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.
“I gotta admit, when he took the stand, the guy who’s a habitual liar, I did watch,” O.J. said. “When the trial first started, I watched him take the stand, and I thought it was probably a mistake because the guy is an admitted liar and it’s hard for me to think he could be on the stand for five, six, seven, eight days without lying. The question is, what did he lie about?”
Keep reading for more of O.J.’s thoughts — and his opinion on Alex Murdaugh’s guilt as well as the verdict…
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O.J. Simpson continued to opine on Twitter, “Lying and stealing money is a little different than murder. I realized in watching him testify what he was doing. He was just trying to relate to one or two of those jurors that he’s a good ol’ boy, like one of them. And I’m not sure he didn’t succeed in doing that.”
So does O.J. think Alex is guilty or innocent? “I am not qualified to really say if the guy did it or he didn’t do it. … But from what I’ve seen, do I think it’s more likely that he did it? Yes, but more likely equates [to] reasonable doubt. So, from what I know, I would have to say there’s a lot of reasonable doubt there.” O.J. also said that he thinks Alex should be further investigated concerning the death of his housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.
O.J. later tweeted “Down goes Murdaugh” after the guilty verdict came in.
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Former President Donald Trump shared his thoughts on Alex Murdaugh being sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife and son (prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty). “It looked bad, OK. It looked very bad to me. He looked guilty to me. I will say that,” Donald told DailyMail.com on March 4, adding, “‘But a lot of people should face the death penalty … the people that are destroying our country with drugs. If you gave the death penalty to drug dealers who bring in vast amount of drugs … that kill hundreds of people every year, those people should be given the death penalty and you wouldn’t have a drug problem. That problem would disappear.”
“The Alex Murdaugh conviction is [a] great first step but this entire family is rotten to the core. Including Buster. Justice for Stephen Smith,” Candace Owens tweeted on March 3, later adding, “My take is that Alex Murdaugh’s family is not standing by him out of love, but because he was the family hit man for years. He quite literally knows where the bodies are buried. They support him out of fear that if he goes nuclear, he could bring them all down.”
Music star Sheryl Crow not only followed the Alex Murdaugh murder trial but is a longtime follower of the “Murdaugh Murders” podcast. “Been listening to the podcast for over a year, and have been glued to the coverage of the hearing through Mandy [Matney]’s YouTube channel! It’s unbelievable,” Sheryl tweeted in February 2023 during the trial.
She added, “Thank you @MandyMatney for letting us all Soak Up the Sun (yes, I have the premiere membership!) on the #MurdaughTrial. Your podcast has been an incredible example of amazing reporting & shining a light on the injustices in the legal system for those whose have money & power.”
In a video Sheryl Crow posted on Twitter after Alex Murdaugh was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, the Grammy winner praised the investigative journalists who helped focus attention on Alex and his crimes years earlier. “Ya’ll are bada****,” Sheryl said. “I mean, you opened up this whole thing and I’m super proud — I have this mama pride for you guys.”
“And now I shall go find a 12 step program for those recovering from the Alex Murdaugh saga,” musician Sheryl Crow tweeted after the trial ended, adding in more tweets, “Cheers to justice! #cupsup #MurdaughMurders @MandyMatney @elizfarrell” and “Thank you, amazing journalists, @MandyMatney and @elizfarrell, for shining light into the darkness for the last four years with The Murdaugh Murders podcast. Hope you both are putting your feet up and toasting as the jury deliberates the fate of Alex Murdaugh.”
“Guilty as charged!” Piers Morgan said on Fox News of Alex Murdaugh on Feb. 23. “He’s a psychopathic liar. This guy is the George Santos of psychopaths. He did this. I think he didn’t just kill the wife and the son — he also killed the housekeeper. … This guy is a serial killer.” Piers said he believes that Alex “has lied through his back teeth about being there [at the kennels] when this all went down which says to me along with all the other evidence,” including of his financial crimes, that he’s guilty.
“Murdaugh verdict gives further support to my theory that you should never murder your wife and son,” actor Rob Delaney tweeted on March 3.
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