PAUL & MAGGIE MURDAUGH: South Carolina vs. Alex Murdaugh for Double Homicide of wife & son *GUILTY*

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This case is being kept pretty quiet, no major details released to speak of (other than it does say there were two different guns used), but no info regarding who found them, who called 911, very little else.

Of interest, the grandfather died just a few days after these murders and it sounds as if he was ill from various articles so probably not unexpected. I think of the typical motives, did grandpa have a big estate? How big in the overall family of grandpa's on down? They sound like a pretty well known family and a powerful one in their state, more on that in the article.


 
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South Carolina Will Not Seek The Death Penalty Against Alex Murdaugh​

Prosecutors opt against capital punishment …

Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty to both murder charges and is scheduled to stand trial beginning on January 23, 2023. He has been held without bond at the Alvin S. Glenn detention center in Columbia, S.C. since last October.

South Carolina provides for the death penalty in murder cases in which a “statutory aggravating circumstance is found beyond a reasonable doubt.” These aggravating circumstances are specifically enumerated in the S.C. Code of Laws (§ 16-3-20) – and are determined on a case-by-case basis in proceedings which are held separately from the murder trial once a guilty plea or verdict has been entered into the record.

The Palmetto State has not carried out an execution since May 6, 2011 – and recent changes to its capital punishment laws are currently tied up in court. Even if an inmate were to be condemned to death, the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) has no way of carrying out the sentence. Earlier this year, the S.C. supreme court halted a pair of scheduled executions after death row inmates challenged the Palmetto State’s new law – which would have permitted executions by electrocution (or firing squad) in the event lethal injection was unavailable.

I'm hoping that he gets a lonnnnnnnng time in gen pop with people from the families he screwed.
 

‘Murdaugh Murders’ Saga: Settlement Reached In Boat Crash Case​


In the settlement agreement, the personal representative for Maggie’s estate – Alex Murdaugh’s younger brother John Marvin Murdaugh – waived his right to any fees and agreed to pay the following:

  • An estimated $290,000 in outstanding legal fees and administrative expenses
  • $12,305.28 to be paid to John Marvin Murdaugh as personal representative to reimburse himself for funds he advanced on behalf of the estate
  • $275,000 to be paid by the estate to satisfy a fraudulent conveyance claim made by the court appointed receivers regarding the transfer of the family’s Moselle property from Maggie’s estate back to Alex Murdaugh’s name.
  • $6,511.52 to Laura Jones LLC to satisfy an outstanding creditor claim made against the estate
  • $530,000 to Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, as sole devisee of the estate
  • $100,000 to Attorney Joe McCulloch on behalf of Conner Cook, one of the boat crash victims.
  • The remaining balance of the estate – an undisclosed sum – will be transferred to Tinsley on behalf of Renee Beach as the representative of Mallory Beach, Morgan Doughty, and Miley Altman. Doughty and Altman were also passengers on the boat at the time of the crash.
In addition to settling the lawsuits, the agreement resolves any creditor claims made against Maggie Murdaugh’s estate. Of interest? It is contingent upon a loan from Palmetto State Bank (PSB) being resolved, released, and satisfied for a payment of no more than $25,000 by the personal representative of the estate.

It is unknown what this loan was for as a receivership agreement approved on September 19, 2022 stated that any deal between the bank and the receivers was contingent upon the bank getting in line behind Murdaugh’s other creditors. This agreement included the claims Palmetto State Bank filed against Maggie Murdaugh’s estate for mortgages on Moselle and the home she co-owned with Alex in Edisto Beach, S.C. The claims against Maggie’s estate for the Moselle property were disallowed by the probate court and the Edisto property sold in June of 2022.

If approved, the agreement would release the estate of Maggie Murdaugh as well as Buster Murdaugh from the boat crash litigation.

 



The upcoming double murder trial of notorious former South Carolina attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh will be a battle between a trio of criminal law masterminds that is expected to captivate a national audience and display the best and brightest of Palmetto State legal prowess.

Murdaugh is facing more than 100 criminal charges related to a decade of alleged malfeasance and fraud, He must first face indictments that he murdered his wife, Maggie, with a rifle, and his younger son, Paul, with a shotgun on the night of June 7, 2021.

Creighton Waters is the chief attorney for the State Grand Jury division of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office and is the lead prosecutor in all of the criminal cases involving Murdaugh. Waters, 52, has worked for the Attorney General’s Office for more than 24 years. He has a history of putting "bad guys" away.

Richard “Dick” Harpootlian has more than 30 years of trial experience on both sides of the courtroom - as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and civil litigator. Harpootlian’s private practice has earned him state and national recognition for his efforts on behalf of civil litigants and criminal defendants, including a number of multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. Harpootlian has also been active in South Carolina politics, serving most recently as state senator.

Jim Griffin is an accomplished trial lawyer and healthcare attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing clients in civil and criminal courts at both the federal and state level. In his criminal practice, Griffin has been the lead trial counsel in a number of cases featured in national and state news publications, magazines and television programs.

This all-star legal lineup is sure to present compelling arguments and evidence on both sides of the courtroom, but, before the trial begins, and after closing arguments, it will be up to the judge and jury to make some important decisions.

S.C. Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman (Kingstree) is presiding over the case and will have some crucial pretrial motions to consider. Among the most important decisions he will make will concern whether or not state prosecutors can use evidence of Murdaugh's many alleged financial crimes as evidence of motive in the murder case.

Ultimately, the final verdict will be in the hands of 12 Colleton County residents. Colleton County Clerk of Court Rebecca Hill said that her office mailed out 900 jury summons notices just before the Christmas holiday, and jury questionnaires have been prepared to help begin the selection process.

Jury selection is expected to begin at the Colleton County Courthouse on Jan. 23 and last roughly two days, and the trial is scheduled to last until roughly Feb. 10. Trial dates have not been scheduled for Murdaugh's other alleged crimes.
 

IMO the best coverage of Murdaugh

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‘Murdaugh Murders’ Saga: Anatomy Of An Alibi​

November 8 2022

Ironclad and airtight? Not anymore …


What has happened to his “ironclad” and “airtight” alibi along the way?

Let’s look at the timeline …

As our intrepid researcher Jenn Wood detailed in our most recent ‘Week In Review’ episode, “the alibis and narratives coming from Alex Murdaugh’s defense team and family have been evolving for over a year now.”

And are continuing to evolve …
According to Wood, Murdaugh’s original alibi centered around him taking his very sick father, Randolph Murdaugh III, to the hospital in Savannah, Georgia on the evening of the murders.

“This narrative first developed when Alex’s brothers, John Marvin and Randy Murdaugh, made an appearance on Good Morning America on June 17, 2021 – just ten days after the murders,” Wood noted. “Alex’s brothers told reporters that on the day Maggie and Paul were murdered, Alex had taken their father Randolph to the hospital. After that, he reportedly checked in on his mother before returning to (Moselle).”

“The details provided were scant, but left little room for interpretation,” Wood added.

This was the official Murdaugh version of events prior to May 10, 2022. On that date, an interview given to Seton Tucker of the Murdaugh Family Murders podcast pulled a rug out from under it.

According to Tucker’s podcast, John Marvin told her his brother Randy called him on the day of the homicides and asked him – not Alex – to take their ailing father to the hospital that evening. John Marvin obliged, picking up the late solicitor from his home in Almeda, S.C. and driving him to Savannah in his mother’s car. John Marvin also stated he asked Paul Murdaugh to retrieve his truck and drive it to work the following day – and that it was his truck Paul drove to Moselle on the night he was killed.

“Were Randy and John Marvin simply confused?” Wood wondered. “Or did they lie to Good Morning America? Did they tell investigators the same story about that night? Or did the lying stop with the press? If John Marvin admittedly took his own father to the hospital yet stated to reporters (and possibly investigators) that his brother had done this exact same task – which assisted with the establishment of his alibi – is there not some criminal culpability?”

At 9:21 p.m. EDT, Alex called his mother’s nurse’s aide and asked to be let in the home, Griffin said. Upon his arrival, he watched a gameshow with his mother for twenty minutes and departed for Moselle at 9:41 p.m. EDT, according to his lawyer.

Is that all he did, though?

As I reported last month, a witness for the state reportedly observed Murdaugh “engaging in some suspicious activity during his brief visit to Almeda in the immediate aftermath of the murders.”

According to our sources, this witness saw Alex “hide something wrapped in a blue tarp behind (his parents) house” upon arriving from Moselle. Another source referred to the blue tarp as a “rain slicker” – or rain jacket – but confirmed “it was blue.”

“It ended up being a rain jacket the witness thought was a tarp,” the source said.

Whatever the blue water resistant item was, “there was significant GSR (gunshot residue) on it,” one of our sources said.

Murdaugh allies have pushed back against this report, confirming the existence of the rain jacket but insisting it did not belong to Murdaugh. They also claim it did not fit him and (perhaps most significantly) did not
contain his DNA anywhere on it.

Also, as I noted in my report, any items which were “transported inside (the rain jacket) … were not retrieved from the scene.”


Will Murdaugh’s “ironclad” and “airtight” alibi continue to evolve as the facts of the case are presented in open court?



 
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No end to Murdaugh's corruption:

A proposed settlement agreement reached between attorneys for the family of Mallory Beach and the estate of Maggie Murdaugh hit a roadblock on Friday when John E. Parker – a former law partner of Alex Murdaugh – filed an objection to the envisioned deal.

Parker’s objection stemmed from an October 29, 2021 civil lawsuit he filed against Murdaugh claiming the accused killer – who is preparing to stand trial in Walterboro, S.C. on charges of murdering his wife and younger son – borrowed $477,000 from him and failed to pay him back. Parker’s 2021 lawsuit was filed one day after Murdaugh’s older brother, Randolph Murdaugh IV, filed a similar claim.

In a shady legal maneuver, Alex Murdaugh confessed judgment in both of these lawsuits – attempting to bypass other creditors as well as victims of his myriad alleged financial fleecings. On November 2, 2021, S.C. circuit court judge Daniel Hall put a stop to this chicanery – imposing an asset-freezing injunction and appointing receivers to manage and recover funds to pay alleged victims currently suing Alex Murdaugh.

Last week, these receivers struck back at Parker – saying emails between him and Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys proved they knew exactly what they were doing when Murdaugh signed a confession of judgment. And that the timing was no coincidence...


 
Screaming to the sky, "Stop giving this perp money!"

How some people get away with their schemes I do not know.
 
Murder trial begins tomorrow



Area residents are split on whether Murdaugh, 54, will be convicted or acquitted in the slayings, partly because his main attorney, Dick Harpootlian, is considered one of the best criminal defense trial lawyers in the state.

The well-connected Harpootlian, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party and a sitting state Senator, has more than 100 murder cases — first as a prosecutor and then as defender.

State prosecutor Creighton Waters, meanwhile, is more known for cases of public corruption & financial wrongdoing. Murdaugh is also facing 99 separate charges of financial fraud that will be handled later.

Waters has to prove in a case that is largely circumstantial: that Murdaugh murdered his family to distract from his rapidly-unraveling financial schemes that allegedly involved tax evasion, forgery, money laundering and fraud.

A key piece of evidence is the white shirt that Murdaugh was wearing the night of the murders. It was destroyed by the state, Murdaugh’s attorneys claimed in a November court filing. The state failed to preserve it after their forensic testing which meant the defense couldn’t examine it themselves.

Claims about the shirt — along with leaks by the state involving possible motive, geofencing data and alleged “spatter” evidence — are at the heart of a “campaign of selective and deceptive leaks to convince the public that Murdaugh is guilty before he is tried,”

(much more at site)
 

a more defendant-friendly website

The trial, being heard in the courthouse in the town of Walterboro, is no more than 10 miles from the dog kennel at the family’s 1,700-acre hunting property near Islandton.

According to prosecutors, Paul Murdaugh was hit by a pair of shotgun blasts – one to the head, the other to the arm and chest. Maggie Murdaugh was killed by multiple rounds from a semi-automatic rifle.
 



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Judge asking jurors to identify themselves if they have formed opinions on the Murdaugh case that can’t be changed despite what is said in the courtroom. Several jurors excused.




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When judge asked potential jurors if they heard of the Alex Murdaugh case - “appears everyone stood” judge said .




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Jury selection is ongoing in the Alex Murdaugh trial. Some excused for medical reasons/commitments to take care of elderly loved ones. Questioning about potential jurors knowledge of the case is starting now.
 






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In South Carolina— the judge is the only one who can question the potential jurors. That is different than some other states where lawyers can directly ask questions during jury selection. Here in SC — the lawyers submit the questions to the judge to ask. May make process faster.
 
Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s injuries detailed in court filing, possible murder weapon disclosed

Editor’s note: The following story contains graphic details of murder that may be inappropriate for some readers.


A new motion in the double murder case against Alex Murdaugh gives graphic details of the injuries that killed his wife and son in June 2021, and suggests prosecutors may have identified a murder weapon from the guns seized at Murdaugh’s rural family home the day of the murders.

Testing at a State Law Enforcement Division facility, a SLED agent concluded “some of the .300 cartridges retrieved from the firing range and near the residence were fired and/or loaded into, extracted, and ejected by the .300 Blackout rifle taken from the property,” according to a motion filed as jury selection got underway Monday at the courthouse in Walterboro.

Read more at: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article271535447.html#storylink=cpy
 

Published January 24, 2023 6:13pm EST

Deadly Murdaugh boat crash: Surviving son reaches settlement amid high-profile trial​

The family of Mallory Beach, who died aboard the Murdaughs' boat in 2019, reached a settlement with Buster Murdaugh​


Earlier this month, the family of 19-year-old Mallory Beach, who died aboard the Murdaughs' boat during the accident, reached a settlement with Buster Murdaugh, 26, the only living son of disgraced South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, 54, as well as the estate of Alex Murdaugh's deceased wife, Maggie Murdaugh. Alex Murdaugh is accused of murdering his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, in June 2021.

While the Beach family is "pleased" with Judge Daniel Hall's ruling, they do not feel it was the "best decision given the circumstances," Beach family attorney Mark Brandon Tinsley told Fox News Digital in a statement. It was, however, "the only decision for all who had any real interest," he said.

The two remaining defendants in the case were Alex Murdaugh and Parker's Kitchen, a convenience store where Paul Murdaugh, who was then underage, is believed to have purchased alcohol for the boating excursion. Hall finalized the settlement on Tuesday.
 

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