Alex Murdaugh will face a life term for murdering his wife, and his boy is in safe care

Murdaugh was found guilty of murdering his wife, Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, on the family's farm in June 2021.

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Alex Murdaugh, the infamous former South Carolina attorney accused of murdering his wife and son, will spend his life term in safe custody, authorities announced Friday.

After reviewing his case, mental health and jail specialists decided that Murdaugh should be held in safe custody. Murdaugh was transferred to a statewide protective custody facility in a maximum security jail after a four-member commission recommended it.

“Inmates in the unit have validated protective concerns and are placed in a specialized unit to separate them from the general population,” according to a press statement from the South Carolina Department of Corrections. “For safety and security reasons, their location is not disclosed.”

There are presently 28 prisoners in the section.

According to the press announcement, Murdaugh will be housed in an eight-by-ten cage with a cot, bathroom, and basin. According to authorities, inmates in the separated section have the same rights as those in the general population.

Murdaugh was accused of murdering his wife, Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, on the family’s Colleton County farm.

On the day of the murders, Murdaugh was questioned by the chief financial officer of his previous law firm about unpaid fees, and he had a hearing set later that week in a wrongful death case resulting from a fatal 2019 boat accident.

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