Prosecutor Creighton Waters gives his closing statement Wednesday during the double murder trial of Alex Murdaugh at the Colleton County Courthouse | Pool photo by Andrew J. Whitaker

Closing arguments will continue today in the double murder trial of disbarred lawyer Alex Murdaugh in the Colleton County courthouse, a case that has garnered international attention. There’s a likelihood the jury could be charged today and start deliberations following closing arguments.

On Wednesday, state prosecutors argued Murdaugh killed his wife and son to buy time to figure a way out of schemes in which he stole millions of dollars. “The pressures on this man were unbearable. And they were all reaching a crescendo the day his wife and son were murdered by him,” said prosecutor Creighton Waters

The trial, now in its sixth week, has had more than 75 witnesses and included 800 documents, photographs, videos of police interviews of Alex Murdaugh and other exhibits that the jury may consider.

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