Murdaugh's attorneys claimed that their client was innocent of the crimes and that he "loved his wife and kid more than anything in the world

The attorneys stated, "Alex wants his family, friends, and everyone to know that he had nothing to do with the deaths of Maggie and Paul." They claimed Mr. Murdaugh had no reason to kill them and that the police had focused too closely on him

The murders brought quick attention to the Murdaugh family, the deaths of several persons connected to them, and the influence the family exercised in the area. In a large area at the southern end of the state known as the South Carolina Lowcountry, Mr. Murdaugh's father, grandpa, and great-grandfather had all held the position of chief prosecutor

The police started to re-examine the deaths of Gloria Satterfield, a housekeeper who worked for the Murdaugh family and died after falling on their front steps in 2018, as well as Stephen Smith, a 19-year-old man who was found dead along a road about 10 miles from the Murdaugh residence in 2015 and who was believed to have been struck by a truck

As a result of Alex Murdaugh's knowledge that his kid was intoxicated while underage, Ms. Beach's family had filed a lawsuit against him. The family attorney for Ms. Beach had been pleading with the judge to order Alex Murdaugh to turn over records pertaining to his financial status at the time of the killings.