‘Says it all’: Experts react to Buster Murdaugh’s facepalm during father’s testimony in double murder trial

Buster Murdaugh responds to his father's testimony in court on the second day of the Cross

Buster Murdaugh, the son of Alex Murdaugh, listens to testimony from his father during his murder trial at the Colleton County Courthouse on Friday, February 24, 2023. (Image via Joshua Boucher/The State/Pool)

Expelled attorney and accused murderer Alex Murdaugh gave the jury a rare perspective in his double murder trial when he testified in his defense last week. But the long, day-long recitation of his admitted lies, admitted financial crimes, and the horrifying scene the defendant described upon finding the slain bodies of his wife and youngest son also took its toll on his eldest son.

Law&Crime polled several legal experts on their reaction to Buster Murdaugh’s response to his father’s testimony when lead prosecutor Creighton Waters conducted an intense and grueling cross-examination.

“Buster’s mother and brother were brutally murdered, and the state of South Carolina has framed his father for those murders,” Robert Rikard, a South Carolina-based attorney who previously worked with Dick Harpootlian, told Law&Crime. “Buster sat in the courtroom for weeks supporting his father and heard horrifying testimonies about the deaths of his mother and brother. He has overseen the state’s attempt to convince a jury that his father is guilty of these brutal murders. Regardless of what anyone believes about Alex Murdaugh’s guilt or innocence, this tragedy has real implications for his son, and you can see that in this photo of Buster hearing his father’s testimony. Imagine how hard it is for him when his mother and brother have been murdered and his father is sitting there accused of these horrific crimes.”

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