Murdaugh family’s household items including leather sofa and armchair set are up for auction
Household items belonging to the Murdaugh family including a leather sofa and armchair set, crockery, lampshades and hunting mounts are now up for auction.
The Liberty Auction House in Pembroke, Georgia, is auctioning off the items from the Murdaugh’s 1,800-acre South Carolina hunting estate on Thursday.
The auction house is selling the Murdaugh’s brown leather sofa with a matching armchair and footstool, two lampshades with what appear to be tortoise shells attached to it, as well as a crockery set embellished with leaves and deer.
The sale also features hunting mounts from the family’s estate in Moselle, where Alex Murdaugh murdered his wife Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, 22 on June 7, 2021. Murdaugh’s son Buster no longer lives at the family home; it is not clear how much the auction house is expecting to make from the sale – or who will profit from the auction.
The auction, which will be held on Thursday at 4pm at the Liberty Auction Warehouse, comes just two weeks after Murdaugh appealed his double murder convictions along with his life sentence. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the murders on March 3.
Household belonging to the Murdaugh family including a leather sofa and armchair set (pictured), crockery, lampshades and hunting mounts are now up for auction
The auction house is selling the Murdaugh’s crockery set embellished with leaves and deer
DailyMail.com has contacted the Liberty Auction House and Murdaugh’s defense team for comment.
Murdaugh is currently housed in high-security Kirkland Correctional Institution, one of South Carolina’s most notorious prisons.
And while the disgraced former lawyer escaped the death penalty for the murder of his wife Maggie and son Paul, a third life sentence conviction would mean Murdaugh will spend the rest of his life behind bars due to the state’s ‘three strikes’ law.
He is currently appealing his murder conviction, but the state is specifically seeking three additional convictions for breach of trust totaling $10,000 or more.
Three additional convictions on the breach of trust charges would result in a life sentence, removing his chance of parole.
Murdaugh’s trial lasted six weeks and included more than 75 witnesses, but culminated in a jury taking less than three hours to find the 54-year-old guilty of shooting his wife and son dead.
Murdaugh called 911 on the evening of June 7, 2021, saying he found his son and wife dead when he returned home from a one-hour visit with his mother, who has dementia.
Authorities said Paul was shot twice with a shotgun, each round loaded with different sized shot, while Maggie was struck with four or five bullets from a rifle.
A crime scene report suggested that both victims were shot in the head after initially being wounded near dog kennels on the Murdaughs’ sprawling rural property.
The sale also features hunting mounts from the family’s estate in Moselle, where Alex Murdaugh murdered his wife Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, 22. It is not clear how much the auction house is expecting to make from the sale – or who will profit from the auction
Pictured from left to right: Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdaugh
Alex Murdaugh is currently housed in high-security Kirkland Correctional Institution, one of South Carolina’s most notorious prisons
Prosecutors took more than a year to charge the disgraced lawyer with murder but decided not to pursue the death penalty. Murdaugh, who is also charged with about 100 counts of financial and other crimes, adamantly denied any involvement in the killings.
Murdaugh could have received as little as 30 years behind bars, but the judge gave him the maximum: two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
After the trial, some jurors said that the key piece of evidence in finding the lawyer guilty was a video on his son Paul’s cellphone that was shot minutes before the killings at the kennels near where the bodies were found.
The voices of all three Murdaughs can be heard on the video, though Alex Murdaugh had insisted for 20 months that he hadn’t been at the kennels that night.
When he took the stand in his own defense, the first thing he did was admit he had lied to investigators about being at the kennels, saying he was paranoid of law enforcement because he was addicted to opioids and had pills in his pocket the night of the killings.
Murdaugh’s testimony only cemented what they were already thinking — that he easily lied, and could turn on and off his tears at will, jurors said.
Attorney Dick Harpootlian filed Murdaugh’s appeal to the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Prosecutors didn’t have the weapons used to kill the Murdaughs or other direct evidence like confessions or blood spatter.
But they had a mountain of circumstantial evidence, including the video putting Murdaugh at the scene of the killings five minutes before his wife and son stopped using their cellphones forever.
Through more than 75 witnesses and nearly 800 pieces of evidence, jurors heard about betrayed friends and clients, Murdaugh’s failed attempt to stage his own death in an insurance fraud scheme, a fatal boat crash in which his son was implicated, the housekeeper who died in a fall in the Murdaugh home and the grisly scene of the killings.
The now-disbarred attorney admitted stealing millions of dollars from the family firm and clients, saying he needed the money to fund his drug habit. Before he was charged with murder, Murdaugh was in jail awaiting trial on about 100 other charges ranging from insurance fraud to tax evasion.