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On Stand, Alex Murdaugh Denies Killings But Admits Lying

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As he took the stand in his defense Thursday in his double murder trial, disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh denied killing his wife and son but admitted lying about when he last saw them.

Murdaugh, who is 54 years old, is accused of killing his 52-year-old wife Maggie and their 22-year-old son Paul with a gun on their property on June 7, 2021, near where they kept their dogs. If convicted, he faces 30 years to life in prison. Murdaugh continued to deny any involvement in the killings during his testimony.

“I would never do anything to intentionally hurt either of them,” Murdaugh said, tears streaming down his cheeks.

Five weeks into his trial, Murdaugh admitted on the stand that he lied to police about being at the kennels with his wife and son shortly before the killings. However, he blamed his opioid addiction for clouding his judgment and instilling distrust in state law enforcement agents.

“As my addiction progressed, I would find myself in situations, circumstances where I would have paranoid thoughts,” Murdaugh explained.

In the hours before the killings, the once-prominent attorney told police that he was visiting his ailing mother in another town, not near his Colleton County home. Several witnesses, though, said that they heard Murdaugh’s voice and those of his son and wife on cellphone video taken at the kennels about five minutes before the shootings.

He felt compelled to continue lying about being at the kennels once he began: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave. I had to keep lying after telling my family a lie.”Murdaugh

Murdaugh testified that on the evening of the killings, his wife asked him to go to the kennels

Murdaugh testified that on the evening of the killings, his wife asked him to go to the kennels, so he rode down in a golf cart and wrestled a chicken away from a dog before returning to the house and deciding to visit his ailing mother.

He claimed that neither his wife nor son were present when he returned home from visiting his mother. Murdaugh said he drove his SUV to the kennels, where he last saw them after a few minutes.

Murdaugh described arriving at the gruesome scene of the killings and crying for several seconds. “It was terrible,” he said.

Murdaugh stated that he briefly attempted to roll over his son lying face down to check on him but decided he couldn’t help.

“I noticed his brain on the sidewalk. “I had no idea what to do,” Murdaugh admitted.

He testified that he also checked on his wife before dialing 911 and then returned home to get a gun for protection.

Despite the gruesome crime scene, witnesses who saw Murdaugh in the minutes and hours after the shooting said they didn’t see any blood on him.

Several witnesses, including Maggie Murdaugh’s sister, testified that despite the brutality of the shootings and no apparent leads from police, Alex Murdaugh did not appear concerned for the safety of himself or his surviving son in the weeks following the killings.

Prosecutors claim Murdaugh murdered his wife and son to buy time to cover up his financial crimes, which were about to be discovered. He is also accused of stealing from clients and arranging his shooting on the side of a highway.

Murdaugh is being held without bail on the financial and other charges, so he will not be released even if he is found not guilty.

Murdaugh would likely spend decades in prison if convicted of most or all of the financial crimes.

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Yoko Ono To Receive Edward MacDowell Medal For Lifetime Achievement

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NEW YORK — MacDowell, one of the country’s finest artist residence programs, has honored Yoko Ono with a lifetime achievement award. The trailblazing artist, filmmaker, and musician will receive the Edward MacDowell Medal this year, following in the footsteps of Stephen Sondheim and Toni Morrison, among others.

“There has never been anyone like her; there has never been work like hers,” MacDowell board chairman Nell Painter said in a statement Sunday.

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Yoko Ono To Receive Edward MacDowell Medal For Lifetime Achievement

“Over seven decades, she has pleased eyes, aroused mind, encouraged feminism, and supported refugees with imaginative works. Enduringly new and contemporary, her unusually powerful output resonates to our current times, which are in desperate need of her leitmotif: peace.”

In a statement, Ono’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, described the award as “an incredible honor.”

“The history and list of prior awardees are extremely impressive. It makes me very glad to see her work valued and celebrated in this manner,” he remarked.

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Yoko Ono To Receive Edward MacDowell Medal For Lifetime Achievement

Ono, 91, has made few public appearances in recent years and is unlikely to attend the July honors event at the MacDowell campus in Peterborough, New Hampshire. David Newgarden, Ono’s music manager, will receive the award on her behalf.

Ono first rose to prominence as a member of the avant-garde Fluxus movement of the 1960s, before becoming internationally famous after meeting John Lennon, with whom she married from 1969 until his death in 1980. Their many collaborations included the songs “Give Peace a Chance,” “Imagine,” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” which served as the foundation for “War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko,” this year’s Oscar-winning animated short film.

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Over the last 40 years, Ono has had a busy career as a visual and recording artist, with albums like “Season of Glass,” “Starpeace,” and “Take Me to the Land of Hell.” She was recently featured in a career retrospective at London’s Tate Modern.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

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Los Angeles — Dick Van Dyke, 98, is contending for a historic Daytime Emmy.

The actor was nominated Friday as a guest star in a daytime drama series for his role as amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s “Days of Our Lives.

Van Dyke is the oldest daytime Emmy nominee. When producer Norman Lear won his final Primetime Emmy nomination in 2022, he was 100 years old. He died the following year.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

Van Dyke is up against Guy Pearce, an Australian actor from Amazon Prime Video’s “Neighbours.”

Van Dyke earned four Primetime Emmys, including three in the 1960s, for his legendary comedy series “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Selena Gomez, an actor and singer, is nominated in the culinary series category for her Food Network special “Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays.” The Food Network’s “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” hosted by actor Valerie Bertinelli and which concluded last year, is also nominated in that category.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

CBS will cancel “The Talk” after its 15th season later this year. Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, and Sheryl Underwood were nominated for daytime talk show hosting.

The main actress nominations are Tamara Braun of “Days of Our Lives,” Finola Hughes and Cynthia Watros of “General Hospital,” Katherine Kelly Lang and Annika Noelle of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Michelle Stafford of “The Young and the Restless.”

The lead actor nominees include Eric Braeden of “The Young and the Restless,” Scott Clifton, Thorsten Kaye, and John McCook of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Eric Martsolf of “Days of Our Lives.”

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The Daytime Emmys will be broadcast live on CBS on June 7 in Los Angeles. The show is back to its regular schedule after being postponed until December due to strikes by Hollywood performers and writers. The hosts and Lifetime Achievement award recipients will be announced later.

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

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Nashville, Tennessee – Morgan Wallen, a country music singer facing charges coming in part from allegations that he tossed a chair off the rooftop of a six-story club, says he is “not proud” of his actions and accepts responsibility.

The “One Thing at a Time” singer took to social media Friday night to comment to his arrest in Nashville two weeks earlier. According to court documents, he was charged with three felony charges of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 3.

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

According to an arrest document, the chair at Chief’s pub landed about 3 feet (1 meter) from officers, who spoke with witnesses and checked CCTV footage. Witnesses informed police that they saw Wallen take up a chair, throw it over the roof, and laugh about it. Wallen was arrested early on April 8 and later freed.

“I didn’t feel comfortable checking in publicly until I had made apologies with some people. I’ve contacted Nashville police enforcement, my family, and the friendly staff at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my actions, and I accept responsibility,” Wallen stated on X (previously Twitter).

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

Wallen, one of the most well-known artists in contemporary country music, is now on a stadium tour that includes a concert on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.

“I have the greatest regard for the cops who labor every day to keep us all safe. “There will be no changes to my tour,” his reply read, signed “-MW.”

The “One Thing at a Time” album topped the Billboard 200 for 16 weeks in 2023 and was the best-selling album in the United States last year. The top ten successes from the album included “Last Night,” “You Proof,” and “Thinkin’ Bout Me.”

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

In 2021, the country artist was suspended indefinitely by his label when a video surfaced showing him uttering a racial slur. He was arrested in 2020 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after being booted out of Kid Rock’s downtown Nashville bar.

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