Court clerk’s co-author responds to Murdaugh’s jury tampering allegations
Alex Murdaugh is set to appear in court this week to face a string of financial fraud charges – in what marks his first court appearance since he was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul.
The convicted killer will attend a status conference before Judge Clifton Newman in Beaufort County on Thursday morning.
Two former friends and alleged co-conspirators in his financial crimes – former Palmetto State Bank CEO Russell Laffitte and former attorney Corey Fleming – are also due in court after they were previously convicted of charges.
Murdaugh is facing more than 100 state and federal charges over his alleged financial crimes – many of which he admitted to on the witness stand at his murder trial.
The court appearance comes as the deadline is looming for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office to respond to a bombshell motion filed by Murdaugh’s attorneys last week in which they demand a new trial and accused Colleton County Clerk of Court Rebecca Hill of pressuring jurors to return a guilty verdict against him.
The AG’s office had 10 days to respond to this motion – giving them until Friday.
ICYMI: Convicted killer Alex Murdaugh loses prison privileges over recorded phone call for documentary
Convicted killer Alex Murdaugh has lost some of his prison privileges after he fed information to a Fox Nation documentary without permission.
South Carolina Corrections Department officials said on Wednesday that, during a jailhouse phone call on 10 June, Murdaugh’s lawyer Jim Griffin had recorded him reading aloud entries from the journal he had kept during his double murder trial.
Mr Griffin had then handed over the recordings to producers working on the new Fox Nation documentary about his high-profile case titled “The Fall of the House of Murdaugh”, released today.
Rachel Sharp14 September 2023 06:00
Alex Murdaugh trial court clerk ducks question about whether she tampered with jury
Colleton County Clerk of Court Rebecca “Becky” Hill had nothing to say when she was spotted on Thursday for the first time since being accused of tampering with the jury in Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial.
Ms Hill clutched her cell phone, a drink and a stack of papers in one hand as she crossed the street in Walterboro, South Carolina, around 10am and walked into the courthouse through a back gate.
In a video posted by Fox News, a photographer could be heard asking her, “Did you tamper with the jurors?”
Rachel Sharp14 September 2023 05:00
ICYMI: Buster Murdaugh breaks silence on Stephen Smith killing – and calls father Alex a ‘psychopath’
Buster Murdaugh has broken his silence to deny any involvement in the mysterious killing of gay teenager Stephen Smith – and insist that he still believes his father is innocent of the murders of his mother and brother.
Alex Murdaugh’s only surviving son spoke out in his first TV interview since his family was propelled to national attention, for the new three-part FOX Nation documentary “The Fall of the House of Murdaugh”.
In the interview, Buster slammed rumours that he too could have been involved in a heinous murder – that of 19-year-old Smith in July 2015 – and offered an alibi for his whereabouts on the night the teenager was killed.
“I never had anything to do with his murder, and I never had anything to do with him on a physical level in any regard,” he said in a clip from the documentary, due for release on 31 August.
Rachel Sharp14 September 2023 03:45
WATCH: Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys demand new trial over allegations of jury tampering
Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys demand new trial over allegations of jury tampering
Rachel Sharp14 September 2023 02:45
VOICES: Alex Murdaugh has a new victim story. We should be paying attention
Convicted killer Alex Murdaugh is once again claiming to be a victim in one of America’s most explosive murder cases.
The 65-year-old disgraced legal dynasty heir – currently serving life in prison for the brutal June 2021 slayings of his wife Maggie and son Paul – filed a motion for a new murder trial on the grounds of alleged jury tampering in his original trial.
This is hardly the first time we’ve seen Murdaugh take on a victim role. He put on his biggest performance on the witness stand during his trial, where he lamented over his last moments with his wife and son, and sobbed at the horror of finding their bodies as he pleaded for the real killer to be caught.
Rachel Sharp14 September 2023 01:45
Who is Alex Murdaugh?
Alex Murdaugh was once a powerful figure in Hampton County, South Carolina, where his family has reigned over the local justice system for almost a century.
Three generations of the family – his father, grandfather and great-grandfather – all served as the solicitor in the 14th Judicial Circuit solicitor’s office.
His father Randy held the position until 2006 and was given the highest civilian award the Order of the Palmetto by the South Carolina governor in 2018 for his work. Randy died just three days after Maggie and Paul’s murders.
Due to the Murdaughs’ prominence in the judicial system in the lowcountry, the family held a reputation for being powerful and wielding their influence over matters.
Murdaugh continued with the family tradition working as an attorney in the local prosecutor’s office and also at his own law firm PMPED (the M standing for Murdaugh).
He was married to wife Maggie – whom he met at college – and the couple had two sons Buster and Paul.
After the murders of his wife and son, it transpired that Murdaugh had a two-decade-long opoiod addiction and he checked into rehab in September 2021.
Rachel Sharp14 September 2023 00:45
What to expect in court on Thursday?
Alex Murdaugh is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning for a status hearing in his criminal case accusing him of a string of financial fraud charges.
At the hearing, a trial date is likely to be set for Murdaugh to face charges for stealing from the estate of his dead housekeeper Gloria Satterfield and from his family friend Jordan Jinks.
Despite his efforts to avoid it, Judge Clifton Newman ordered Murdaugh to attend in person.
Murdaugh will be joined at the courthouse by Corey Fleming and Russell Laffitte – his former friends and alleged co-conspirators in his financial crimes.
Fleming is expected to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to 23 counts.
Laffitte – who was convicted of federal charges in November – is also appearing for a status conference in his state case.
Rachel Sharp13 September 2023 23:45
An Alex Murdaugh juror gained infamy with a dozen eggs. Now she’s at the centre of his bid for a new trial
Juror number 785 hit headlines due to a comedic moment where she asked to retrieve a dozen eggs from the jury room after being dismissed from Murdaugh’s trial. Now, the so-called ‘egg juror’ could be about to blow the killer’s case wide open again. Rachel Sharp reports
Rachel Sharp13 September 2023 22:45
WATCH: Buster Murdaugh gives first TV interview
Buster Murdaugh gives first TV interview denying involvement in Smith homicide
Rachel Sharp13 September 2023 21:45
Who is Corey Fleming?
Alex Murdaugh will be joined in court on Thursday by two former friends and alleged co-conspirators in his financial crimes – Russell Laffitte and Corey Fleming.
Fleming, a former attorney and alleged accomplice in Murdaugh’s financial fraud schemes, will be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to a string of 23 state charges last month.
The charges – which include breach of trust with fraudulent intent, money laundering, computer crimes, and criminal conspiracy – stem from Murdaugh’s scheme to steal money from the estate of his dead housekeeper Gloria Satterfield.
Prior to this, Fleming also pleaded guilty to federal charges in May.
Last month, he was sentenced to nearly four years in prison on the charges and is currently serving his sentence.
Rachel Sharp13 September 2023 20:45