Judge in Murdaugh Case Issues Strong Warning After Disturbing Leak from Trial

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South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman reacted angrily Friday upon learning that an autopsy photo from the murder trial of Alex Murdaugh had been shared online.

Murdaugh, 54, was found guilty Thursday of murdering his wife, Maggie, and his son Paul in 2021. On Friday, he was sentenced to two life terms in prison with no hope of parole.

Newman said after the sentencing that an investigation was requested to determine who leaked the autopsy photo in the shooting deaths, according to WHNS-TV.

Newman said the image being distributed showed an autopsy photo when it was displayed in court on a digital screen.

“I have my hands full doing my job, and I don’t attempt to conduct any investigations beyond the conducting of a trial. But to the extent that law enforcement decides to review that, that’s the responsibility of law enforcement,” he said.

The photo was shown Tuesday during the testimony of Dr. Ellen Riemer, who conducted the autopsies on the victims.

According to the New York Post, the initial release of the photo came during a livestream by WGN News.

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