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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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Cory Fleming, the former lawyer who recently pleaded guilty to state charges in a financial scheme where he was a co-conspirator with Alex Murdaugh, filed notice with the South Carolina Court of Appeals of his intent to appeal both his convictions and the sentence.


The notice was filed on Thursday. Fleming pleaded guilty a month ago to assisting Murdaugh in swindling the families of Gloria Satterfield and Pamela Pinckney out of millions. The case was laid out over two indictments and 23 financial crimes. On Sept. 14, Fleming was sentenced by Judge Clifton Newman to 13 years and 10 months in state prison.


https://abcnews4.com/news/local/sus...ttempted-possession-weapon-violent-crime-wciv
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"This is unprecedented," Newman said. "This is unimaginable. This is -- I think -- the greatest crime for a lawyer in the history of the state of South Carolina."

Read more: Cory Fleming prison sentence is 13 years & 10 months, not 20 years.

At the time of the state sentencing, Fleming displayed emotions and spoke of remorse.

"To the Satterfield family, your mother was a very good woman," Fleming said during the sentencing. "You deserved a lawyer that had only your best interest at heart... I failed you. To Michelle Pinckney, I not only betrayed you as a client, but I betrayed you as a friend."

Newman, at Fleming's sentencing, said the 46-month federal charges for the financial crimes played no role in determining the sentence he handed down.
 
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Found a press article about the clerk's son.


As millions of Americans prepare their tables for Thanksgiving, one seat within Colleton County, South Carolina could go unoccupied due to an ongoing criminal investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

On Tuesday — November 21, 2023 — Jeffrey “Colt” Hill was arrested by deputies of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on one singular count of wiretapping. At 4:28 p.m. EST, the 34-year-old was booked into the Colleton County detention center, according to detainee records.

“The defendant did willfully and feloniously intercept electronic phone communication,” according to Jeffrey’s arrest warrant. “[He] was employed as the Colleton County information technology director and misused his position to unlawfully intercept, and listen to conversations …”

As FITSNews previously reported, SLED was requested by the office of S.C. fourteenth circuit solicitor Duffie Stone to investigate allegations of eavesdropping from within the county administration’s technology department.

The focus of that investigation, Jeffrey, who was listed as the county’s technology director before being erased from the online staff directory on Nov. 22, 2023.

If you recognize his last name from our sweeping and ongoing coverage of the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga — it’s likely because his mother is none other than Becky Hill, clerk of court for Colleton County.

Becky oversaw the six-week double murder trial of disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh — and was the very woman who announced his guilt verdicts to the world on March 2, 2023.

Continued at link.
 
Found a press article about the clerk's son.


As millions of Americans prepare their tables for Thanksgiving, one seat within Colleton County, South Carolina could go unoccupied due to an ongoing criminal investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

On Tuesday — November 21, 2023 — Jeffrey “Colt” Hill was arrested by deputies of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on one singular count of wiretapping. At 4:28 p.m. EST, the 34-year-old was booked into the Colleton County detention center, according to detainee records.

“The defendant did willfully and feloniously intercept electronic phone communication,” according to Jeffrey’s arrest warrant. “[He] was employed as the Colleton County information technology director and misused his position to unlawfully intercept, and listen to conversations …”

As FITSNews previously reported, SLED was requested by the office of S.C. fourteenth circuit solicitor Duffie Stone to investigate allegations of eavesdropping from within the county administration’s technology department.

The focus of that investigation, Jeffrey, who was listed as the county’s technology director before being erased from the online staff directory on Nov. 22, 2023.

If you recognize his last name from our sweeping and ongoing coverage of the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga — it’s likely because his mother is none other than Becky Hill, clerk of court for Colleton County.

Becky oversaw the six-week double murder trial of disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh — and was the very woman who announced his guilt verdicts to the world on March 2, 2023.

Continued at link.

I think there is a lot of infighting going on in the low country but the problem is I don't know that it is good versus bad. I think it may be bad versus bad or good versus bad A and bad B sides...

It was well after AM's murder trial (I edited this post as I had it wrong). And it was BEFORE defense made any claims about Clerk Becky Hill.

I find timing of certain things in this case and in Delphi notable. I don't believe much in coincidence and I sure do not believe in a number of them.
 
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This is going live in a minute or two. @Tresir I know you watched her with the juror one and found interesting.

If you're not available for the live, you will be able to watch it as a video after it is over as well.

 
Lee has some really good points.

The arrested son of Hill is already out on personal recognizance and his first appearance will not be until January.
 
I haven't had a chance to watch it yet but I think that the one date that SLED put in the charging document (20th July) is just one of many. Maybe January 26th we will probably see all of the dates. Unless he pleads guilty of course.
 
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I haven't had a chance to watch it yet but I think that the one date that SLED put in the charging document (20th July) is just one of many. In January we will probably see all of the dates. Unless he pleads guilty of course.
Curious where you get that? I am likely behind of course but the bit I've heard is people asking if this means it is only one incident they are looking into as there is one date?
 
Curious where you get that? I am likely behind of course but the bit I've heard is people asking if this means it is only one incident they are looking into as there is one date?
I said "I think". If he has done it once, he has done it a lot IMO. This is not his first rodeo IMO.

They have put out the name of one of the people recorded in that one convo. Your video mentions the name and the article below does too. I had already worked out that the spaces were approx 12 letters.

I am wondering if the second person in the phone call was his mother because the article I posted in my original post mentioned that they subpoena'd her phone too. Excerpt below.

"According to sources familiar with the ongoing investigation, Jeffrey was accused of illegally recording a conversation involving Meagan Utsey — the deputy county administrator for Colleton County.


While it’s not immediately clear if Jeffrey’s arrest was related to Murdaugh — our sources confirmed that it did entangle his mother. Becky was reportedly forced to surrender her phone to SLED upon the issuance of a search warrant Tuesday evening."


Jeffrey Hill was arrested on a felony warrant on Tuesday as a result of an ongoing investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Hill is the son of Rebecca Hill, who has come under fire in her role as clerk of court during the Murdaugh trial.

Online records indicate that Hill was arrested on a charge of wiretapping, and a source has confirmed with Court TV’s Chanley Painter that Hill is accused of illegally recording conversations involving a deputy county administrator, Meagan Utsey who served as a liaison between the county and the court during Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial.

Court TV Legendary Trials: SC v. Alex Murdaugh (2023)

Jeffrey Hill is the technology director at Colleton County Administration, according to WCBD, where he’s responsible for the day-to-day operations of computers, software, data storage, mobile cellular services, management, and support.

Court TV obtained Hill’s arrest warrant which says that he is accused of using his position at Colleton County Administration “to unlawfully intercept and listen to” a conversation between two victims, whose names are redacted. Investigators said that neither victim was aware that he was listening or gave consent for their conversation to be recorded.

Hill appeared before Associate Chief Magistrate Sophia T. Henderson, who set a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

A jury convicted Murdaugh of murdering his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, at their South Carolina home. He was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murders.

In an appeal filed with the court, Murdaugh’s attorneys have alleged jury tampering was an issue at the trial and have accused Rebecca Hill of speaking inappropriately to some of the jurors. Rebecca Hill has denied the claims in a signed affidavit filed with the prosecution’s response to the defense’s motion for a new trial.

Jeffrey Hill is expected to be released on bond and is due for his first court appearance at 9 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2024, at the Colleton County, SC Circuit Court.
 
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Lee has some really good points.

The arrested son of Hill is already out on personal recognizance and his first appearance will not be until January.
He is out on $20k bail, I read. See the link I just posted. Personal recognisance bond I suppose means he, or someone he knows, promises to put up the money if he doesn't show in January.

What a crazy county this is.
 
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This timeline may be of help to us. Mid July is when the Beach case was settled.



Jan. 23​

The double murder trial against Murdaugh opens at the Colleton County Courthouse with jury selection.

Jan. 25​

In an opening statement, state prosecutors contend Murdaugh killed his wife and son at close range with a shotgun and an AR-style rifle, and that forensic evidence would show his culpability. The defense in its opening statement insists there are numerous holes in the prosecution's case, claiming it is built on "theories" and "conjectures."

Feb. 1​

Prosecutors play a previously unseen video taken from the phone of Paul Murdaugh in which three voices can be heard in the background shortly before the murders occur. Witnesses testify the voices are of Alex, Paul and Margaret, which places the patriarch at the scene of the crime and undermines his alibi that he had not seen his wife and son in the moments before their deaths.

Feb. 23​

During the fifth week of the trial, Murdaugh takes the stand in his own defense. He testifies, "I didn't shoot my wife or son," and breaks down multiple times as his attorney asks him to describe the murder scene.

Feb. 24​

Murdaugh is on the stand again. During cross-examination, the prosecution grills him on his "new story," arguing that his earlier testimony was fabricated to align with their video evidence that he saw his wife and son minutes before they were found dead.
Murdaugh contends he lied to law enforcement officers about his location before the murders due to his addiction to prescription pain pills and his general paranoia.

March 2​

The jury begins deliberations after the prosecution and defense wrap up closing arguments.
A verdict is returned three hours later, and Murdaugh is found guilty of murder in the deaths of Margaret and Paul. The jury also convicted him of two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, which carries five more years in prison.
Lead prosecutor Creighton Waters says at a news conference to "let this be a warning: No matter who you are, if you break the law, the truth will come out and you will be brought to justice."

March 3​

Murdaugh is punished with the maximum two consecutive life sentences for the killings. At his hearing, Judge Clifton Newman admonishes him for his apparent lack of awareness and "duplicitous conduct here in the courtroom."
Murdaugh continues to proclaim his innocence. His defense lawyers say they will appeal the conviction.

March 8​

A lawyer for the Beach family says a wrongful death lawsuit against Murdaugh will go to trial Aug. 14. The family previously reached a settlement with Margaret's estate and surviving son Buster.

March 9​

Murdaugh files a notice to appeal his double murder convictions. The notice does not include arguments offered by his legal team, who raised several issues at trial, including the admission of Murdaugh's financial misconduct into evidence.

March 31​

Murdaugh has been moved into protective custody in a maximum-security prison after completing an initial evaluation, South Carolina corrections officials announce.
His unit is in an undisclosed location and is separated from the general population for safety reasons. Murdaugh's single 8-by-10 cell includes a bed, toilet and sink, and he is provided "all privileges afforded those in the general population inside this self-contained unit," according to the state.

May 1​

Murdaugh's lawyers reveal as part of a lawsuit accusing him of life insurance fraud in the death of Satterfield that he "invented the critical facts" surrounding her initial "trip and fall accident" in 2018 in order to receive millions of dollars in a settlement. Nautilus Insurance Co. had filed a suit alleging it was defrauded.
"No dogs were involved in the fall of Gloria Satterfield on February 2, 2018," Murdaugh's lawyers said in a legal filing, and that Murdaugh "invented Ms. Satterfield's purported statement that dogs caused her to fall to force his insurers to make a settlement payment."

May 24​

The Justice Department announces a 22-count indictment against Murdaugh on financial fraud and money laundering charges. The charges include allegations that he defrauded Satterfield's estate and homeowner's insurance carriers by directing settlement claims into a fake bank account and using the funds "for his own personal enrichment."
His lawyers say he is cooperating with the investigation and "anticipate that the charges brought today will be quickly resolved without a trial."

July 16​

Lawsuits over the 2019 boat crash that killed Beach are settled ahead of a wrongful death trial involving Murdaugh. NBC affiliate WSAV reports the settlement cash amounts to $15 million, with most of it going to the Beach family.

Aug. 15​

A federal judge sentences Fleming, one of Murdaugh's alleged co-conspirators, to 46 months and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with the Satterfield theft. Fleming still faces a slate of state charges, including breach of trust, money laundering and computer crimes.

Aug. 30​

Murdaugh loses his prison phone and canteen privileges after the South Carolina Department of Corrections says he broke rules about engaging with the media after an investigation found he read his journal entries to his lawyer in a recorded phone call.
An incident report says the recording was for an upcoming Fox Nation documentary, "The Fall of the House of Murdaugh."

Sept. 5​

Murdaugh's lawyers file a motion seeking a new trial after allegedly uncovering evidence of jury tampering.
The motion accuses Rebecca Hill, the Colleton County clerk of court, with tampering with the jury by "advising them not to believe Murdaugh's testimony and other evidence presented by the defense, pressuring them to reach a quick guilty verdict, and even misrepresenting critical and material information to the trial judge in her campaign to remove a juror she believed to be favorable to the defense."

Sept. 14​

Murdaugh appears in court for the first time since his murder trial. Judge Newman sets a Nov. 27 trial date on the state financial fraud charges.

Sept. 21​

Murdaugh pleads guilty to 22 counts of federal financial fraud and money laundering as part of a plea deal. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Nov. 7​

Hill denies the jury tampering allegations, according to a filing by state prosecutors.

Nov. 16​

A court order reveals that Newman has asked to be removed from any further proceedings related to the murder case following the defense's request for a new judge.

Nov. 17​

Murdaugh reaches a plea deal on state charges of dozens of financial crimes.
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I said "I think". If he has done it once, he has done it a lot IMO. This is not his first rodeo IMO.

They have put out the name of one of the people recorded in that one convo. Your video mentions the name and the article below does too. I had already worked out that the spaces were approx 12 letters.

I am wondering if the second person in the phone call was his mother because the article I posted in my original post mentioned that they subpoena'd her phone too. Excerpt below.

"According to sources familiar with the ongoing investigation, Jeffrey was accused of illegally recording a conversation involving Meagan Utsey — the deputy county administrator for Colleton County.


While it’s not immediately clear if Jeffrey’s arrest was related to Murdaugh — our sources confirmed that it did entangle his mother. Becky was reportedly forced to surrender her phone to SLED upon the issuance of a search warrant Tuesday evening."


Jeffrey Hill was arrested on a felony warrant on Tuesday as a result of an ongoing investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Hill is the son of Rebecca Hill, who has come under fire in her role as clerk of court during the Murdaugh trial.

Online records indicate that Hill was arrested on a charge of wiretapping, and a source has confirmed with Court TV’s Chanley Painter that Hill is accused of illegally recording conversations involving a deputy county administrator, Meagan Utsey who served as a liaison between the county and the court during Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial.

Court TV Legendary Trials: SC v. Alex Murdaugh (2023)

Jeffrey Hill is the technology director at Colleton County Administration, according to WCBD, where he’s responsible for the day-to-day operations of computers, software, data storage, mobile cellular services, management, and support.

Court TV obtained Hill’s arrest warrant which says that he is accused of using his position at Colleton County Administration “to unlawfully intercept and listen to” a conversation between two victims, whose names are redacted. Investigators said that neither victim was aware that he was listening or gave consent for their conversation to be recorded.

Hill appeared before Associate Chief Magistrate Sophia T. Henderson, who set a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

A jury convicted Murdaugh of murdering his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, at their South Carolina home. He was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murders.

In an appeal filed with the court, Murdaugh’s attorneys have alleged jury tampering was an issue at the trial and have accused Rebecca Hill of speaking inappropriately to some of the jurors. Rebecca Hill has denied the claims in a signed affidavit filed with the prosecution’s response to the defense’s motion for a new trial.

Jeffrey Hill is expected to be released on bond and is due for his first court appearance at 9 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2024, at the Colleton County, SC Circuit Court.
Yeah I mentioned her phone in my first posts on this new development (her son's arrest). It is of note that it says in your post here that "neither VICTIM was aware he was listening or gave consent" and that would imply Hill wasn't part of it IF she was one of the phone call participants. Also is this a work cell or her personal cell and if personal, why would that be used for calls that can be wiretapped with the county administrator? So he is wiretapping his mom without her knowledge based on the remark about the two "victims"? I don't know...

Maybe he simply sent the recording/audio file to his mom on her phone and the convo did not include her at all. At the moment that makes more sense to me... Did they subpoena the phone of the administrator? Doesn't sound like it and the two in the phone convo are said to be victims, not participants in it...
 
I said "I think". If he has done it once, he has done it a lot IMO. This is not his first rodeo IMO.

They have put out the name of one of the people recorded in that one convo. Your video mentions the name and the article below does too. I had already worked out that the spaces were approx 12 letters.

I am wondering if the second person in the phone call was his mother because the article I posted in my original post mentioned that they subpoena'd her phone too. Excerpt below.

"According to sources familiar with the ongoing investigation, Jeffrey was accused of illegally recording a conversation involving Meagan Utsey — the deputy county administrator for Colleton County.


While it’s not immediately clear if Jeffrey’s arrest was related to Murdaugh — our sources confirmed that it did entangle his mother. Becky was reportedly forced to surrender her phone to SLED upon the issuance of a search warrant Tuesday evening."


Jeffrey Hill was arrested on a felony warrant on Tuesday as a result of an ongoing investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Hill is the son of Rebecca Hill, who has come under fire in her role as clerk of court during the Murdaugh trial.

Online records indicate that Hill was arrested on a charge of wiretapping, and a source has confirmed with Court TV’s Chanley Painter that Hill is accused of illegally recording conversations involving a deputy county administrator, Meagan Utsey who served as a liaison between the county and the court during Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial.

Court TV Legendary Trials: SC v. Alex Murdaugh (2023)

Jeffrey Hill is the technology director at Colleton County Administration, according to WCBD, where he’s responsible for the day-to-day operations of computers, software, data storage, mobile cellular services, management, and support.

Court TV obtained Hill’s arrest warrant which says that he is accused of using his position at Colleton County Administration “to unlawfully intercept and listen to” a conversation between two victims, whose names are redacted. Investigators said that neither victim was aware that he was listening or gave consent for their conversation to be recorded.

Hill appeared before Associate Chief Magistrate Sophia T. Henderson, who set a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

A jury convicted Murdaugh of murdering his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, at their South Carolina home. He was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murders.

In an appeal filed with the court, Murdaugh’s attorneys have alleged jury tampering was an issue at the trial and have accused Rebecca Hill of speaking inappropriately to some of the jurors. Rebecca Hill has denied the claims in a signed affidavit filed with the prosecution’s response to the defense’s motion for a new trial.

Jeffrey Hill is expected to be released on bond and is due for his first court appearance at 9 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2024, at the Colleton County, SC Circuit Court.
And yes I'd guess it isn't his first or last wiretappinng ever. They are centering on one instance though, at least at the moment. Only one charge.
 
He is out on $20k bail, I read. See the link I just posted. Personal recognisance bond I suppose means he, or someone he knows, promises to put up the money if he doesn't show in January.

What a crazy county this is.
Yeah I know. Sounds like what we call a signature bond to me. Meaning no money was paid to get out.

I don't know that it is that unusual. He likely has no record to speak of and he isn't some violent or dangerous offender.

Watched a vid last night and he had about a $90K per year position. Pretty good. And lost his job of course immediately.

Yeah it is a crazy county. One full of crooks apparently in the courthouse and surrounding law firms, banks, you name it...And let's not forget the state level and SLED.

I'm truly not sure who is on whose side at the moment. What I am sure of is there was a whole lot of corruption going on as we sure get to see in spades and it just keeps coming.

This area and SC thought they had black eyes before and should be embarrassed at their lack of housekeeping? Or even just THIS county...? SLED sure has its hands full just with this courthouse and Murdaugh and now this. I don't know how many investigators they have but they sure are kept busy just with this county, I'd think by now they must have a few they dedicate just to Colleton County...? Yes, a bit of sarcasm intended but truth too...?

We have jurors they questioned, the Clerk thing, now this which we had no idea of and who knows what else they are looking into. That's without all of the Murdaugh investigations...
I'm guessing anyone who wants overtime can have it! Again a bit of sarcasm.
 
This timeline may be of help to us. Mid July is when the Beach case was settled.



Jan. 23​

The double murder trial against Murdaugh opens at the Colleton County Courthouse with jury selection.

Jan. 25​

In an opening statement, state prosecutors contend Murdaugh killed his wife and son at close range with a shotgun and an AR-style rifle, and that forensic evidence would show his culpability. The defense in its opening statement insists there are numerous holes in the prosecution's case, claiming it is built on "theories" and "conjectures."

Feb. 1​

Prosecutors play a previously unseen video taken from the phone of Paul Murdaugh in which three voices can be heard in the background shortly before the murders occur. Witnesses testify the voices are of Alex, Paul and Margaret, which places the patriarch at the scene of the crime and undermines his alibi that he had not seen his wife and son in the moments before their deaths.

Feb. 23​

During the fifth week of the trial, Murdaugh takes the stand in his own defense. He testifies, "I didn't shoot my wife or son," and breaks down multiple times as his attorney asks him to describe the murder scene.

Feb. 24​

Murdaugh is on the stand again. During cross-examination, the prosecution grills him on his "new story," arguing that his earlier testimony was fabricated to align with their video evidence that he saw his wife and son minutes before they were found dead.
Murdaugh contends he lied to law enforcement officers about his location before the murders due to his addiction to prescription pain pills and his general paranoia.

March 2​

The jury begins deliberations after the prosecution and defense wrap up closing arguments.
A verdict is returned three hours later, and Murdaugh is found guilty of murder in the deaths of Margaret and Paul. The jury also convicted him of two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, which carries five more years in prison.
Lead prosecutor Creighton Waters says at a news conference to "let this be a warning: No matter who you are, if you break the law, the truth will come out and you will be brought to justice."

March 3​

Murdaugh is punished with the maximum two consecutive life sentences for the killings. At his hearing, Judge Clifton Newman admonishes him for his apparent lack of awareness and "duplicitous conduct here in the courtroom."
Murdaugh continues to proclaim his innocence. His defense lawyers say they will appeal the conviction.

March 8​

A lawyer for the Beach family says a wrongful death lawsuit against Murdaugh will go to trial Aug. 14. The family previously reached a settlement with Margaret's estate and surviving son Buster.

March 9​

Murdaugh files a notice to appeal his double murder convictions. The notice does not include arguments offered by his legal team, who raised several issues at trial, including the admission of Murdaugh's financial misconduct into evidence.

March 31​

Murdaugh has been moved into protective custody in a maximum-security prison after completing an initial evaluation, South Carolina corrections officials announce.
His unit is in an undisclosed location and is separated from the general population for safety reasons. Murdaugh's single 8-by-10 cell includes a bed, toilet and sink, and he is provided "all privileges afforded those in the general population inside this self-contained unit," according to the state.

May 1​

Murdaugh's lawyers reveal as part of a lawsuit accusing him of life insurance fraud in the death of Satterfield that he "invented the critical facts" surrounding her initial "trip and fall accident" in 2018 in order to receive millions of dollars in a settlement. Nautilus Insurance Co. had filed a suit alleging it was defrauded.
"No dogs were involved in the fall of Gloria Satterfield on February 2, 2018," Murdaugh's lawyers said in a legal filing, and that Murdaugh "invented Ms. Satterfield's purported statement that dogs caused her to fall to force his insurers to make a settlement payment."

May 24​

The Justice Department announces a 22-count indictment against Murdaugh on financial fraud and money laundering charges. The charges include allegations that he defrauded Satterfield's estate and homeowner's insurance carriers by directing settlement claims into a fake bank account and using the funds "for his own personal enrichment."
His lawyers say he is cooperating with the investigation and "anticipate that the charges brought today will be quickly resolved without a trial."

July 16​

Lawsuits over the 2019 boat crash that killed Beach are settled ahead of a wrongful death trial involving Murdaugh. NBC affiliate WSAV reports the settlement cash amounts to $15 million, with most of it going to the Beach family.

Aug. 15​

A federal judge sentences Fleming, one of Murdaugh's alleged co-conspirators, to 46 months and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with the Satterfield theft. Fleming still faces a slate of state charges, including breach of trust, money laundering and computer crimes.

Aug. 30​

Murdaugh loses his prison phone and canteen privileges after the South Carolina Department of Corrections says he broke rules about engaging with the media after an investigation found he read his journal entries to his lawyer in a recorded phone call.
An incident report says the recording was for an upcoming Fox Nation documentary, "The Fall of the House of Murdaugh."

Sept. 5​

Murdaugh's lawyers file a motion seeking a new trial after allegedly uncovering evidence of jury tampering.
The motion accuses Rebecca Hill, the Colleton County clerk of court, with tampering with the jury by "advising them not to believe Murdaugh's testimony and other evidence presented by the defense, pressuring them to reach a quick guilty verdict, and even misrepresenting critical and material information to the trial judge in her campaign to remove a juror she believed to be favorable to the defense."

Sept. 14​

Murdaugh appears in court for the first time since his murder trial. Judge Newman sets a Nov. 27 trial date on the state financial fraud charges.

Sept. 21​

Murdaugh pleads guilty to 22 counts of federal financial fraud and money laundering as part of a plea deal. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Nov. 7​

Hill denies the jury tampering allegations, according to a filing by state prosecutors.

Nov. 16​

A court order reveals that Newman has asked to be removed from any further proceedings related to the murder case following the defense's request for a new judge.

Nov. 17​

Murdaugh reaches a plea deal on state charges of dozens of financial crimes.
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This timeline may be of help to us. Mid July is when the Beach case was settled.



Jan. 23​

The double murder trial against Murdaugh opens at the Colleton County Courthouse with jury selection.

Jan. 25​

In an opening statement, state prosecutors contend Murdaugh killed his wife and son at close range with a shotgun and an AR-style rifle, and that forensic evidence would show his culpability. The defense in its opening statement insists there are numerous holes in the prosecution's case, claiming it is built on "theories" and "conjectures."

Feb. 1​

Prosecutors play a previously unseen video taken from the phone of Paul Murdaugh in which three voices can be heard in the background shortly before the murders occur. Witnesses testify the voices are of Alex, Paul and Margaret, which places the patriarch at the scene of the crime and undermines his alibi that he had not seen his wife and son in the moments before their deaths.

Feb. 23​

During the fifth week of the trial, Murdaugh takes the stand in his own defense. He testifies, "I didn't shoot my wife or son," and breaks down multiple times as his attorney asks him to describe the murder scene.

Feb. 24​

Murdaugh is on the stand again. During cross-examination, the prosecution grills him on his "new story," arguing that his earlier testimony was fabricated to align with their video evidence that he saw his wife and son minutes before they were found dead.
Murdaugh contends he lied to law enforcement officers about his location before the murders due to his addiction to prescription pain pills and his general paranoia.

March 2​

The jury begins deliberations after the prosecution and defense wrap up closing arguments.
A verdict is returned three hours later, and Murdaugh is found guilty of murder in the deaths of Margaret and Paul. The jury also convicted him of two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, which carries five more years in prison.
Lead prosecutor Creighton Waters says at a news conference to "let this be a warning: No matter who you are, if you break the law, the truth will come out and you will be brought to justice."

March 3​

Murdaugh is punished with the maximum two consecutive life sentences for the killings. At his hearing, Judge Clifton Newman admonishes him for his apparent lack of awareness and "duplicitous conduct here in the courtroom."
Murdaugh continues to proclaim his innocence. His defense lawyers say they will appeal the conviction.

March 8​

A lawyer for the Beach family says a wrongful death lawsuit against Murdaugh will go to trial Aug. 14. The family previously reached a settlement with Margaret's estate and surviving son Buster.

March 9​

Murdaugh files a notice to appeal his double murder convictions. The notice does not include arguments offered by his legal team, who raised several issues at trial, including the admission of Murdaugh's financial misconduct into evidence.

March 31​

Murdaugh has been moved into protective custody in a maximum-security prison after completing an initial evaluation, South Carolina corrections officials announce.
His unit is in an undisclosed location and is separated from the general population for safety reasons. Murdaugh's single 8-by-10 cell includes a bed, toilet and sink, and he is provided "all privileges afforded those in the general population inside this self-contained unit," according to the state.

May 1​

Murdaugh's lawyers reveal as part of a lawsuit accusing him of life insurance fraud in the death of Satterfield that he "invented the critical facts" surrounding her initial "trip and fall accident" in 2018 in order to receive millions of dollars in a settlement. Nautilus Insurance Co. had filed a suit alleging it was defrauded.
"No dogs were involved in the fall of Gloria Satterfield on February 2, 2018," Murdaugh's lawyers said in a legal filing, and that Murdaugh "invented Ms. Satterfield's purported statement that dogs caused her to fall to force his insurers to make a settlement payment."

May 24​

The Justice Department announces a 22-count indictment against Murdaugh on financial fraud and money laundering charges. The charges include allegations that he defrauded Satterfield's estate and homeowner's insurance carriers by directing settlement claims into a fake bank account and using the funds "for his own personal enrichment."
His lawyers say he is cooperating with the investigation and "anticipate that the charges brought today will be quickly resolved without a trial."

July 16​

Lawsuits over the 2019 boat crash that killed Beach are settled ahead of a wrongful death trial involving Murdaugh. NBC affiliate WSAV reports the settlement cash amounts to $15 million, with most of it going to the Beach family.

Aug. 15​

A federal judge sentences Fleming, one of Murdaugh's alleged co-conspirators, to 46 months and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with the Satterfield theft. Fleming still faces a slate of state charges, including breach of trust, money laundering and computer crimes.

Aug. 30​

Murdaugh loses his prison phone and canteen privileges after the South Carolina Department of Corrections says he broke rules about engaging with the media after an investigation found he read his journal entries to his lawyer in a recorded phone call.
An incident report says the recording was for an upcoming Fox Nation documentary, "The Fall of the House of Murdaugh."

Sept. 5​

Murdaugh's lawyers file a motion seeking a new trial after allegedly uncovering evidence of jury tampering.
The motion accuses Rebecca Hill, the Colleton County clerk of court, with tampering with the jury by "advising them not to believe Murdaugh's testimony and other evidence presented by the defense, pressuring them to reach a quick guilty verdict, and even misrepresenting critical and material information to the trial judge in her campaign to remove a juror she believed to be favorable to the defense."

Sept. 14​

Murdaugh appears in court for the first time since his murder trial. Judge Newman sets a Nov. 27 trial date on the state financial fraud charges.

Sept. 21​

Murdaugh pleads guilty to 22 counts of federal financial fraud and money laundering as part of a plea deal. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Nov. 7​

Hill denies the jury tampering allegations, according to a filing by state prosecutors.

Nov. 16​

A court order reveals that Newman has asked to be removed from any further proceedings related to the murder case following the defense's request for a new judge.

Nov. 17​

Murdaugh reaches a plea deal on state charges of dozens of financial crimes.
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Interesting. IF this has any relation to Murdaugh at all. Hard to say at this point. Maybe Mz Becky and son had interest in any county case that they felt like dabbling in...

I wasn't sold on her really having done much wrong and I'm still not but I am certainly not opposed to that she DID either, just wasn't convinced yet as I sure don't trust the defense in this one, etc. but now we have a formerly unknown Sonny Boy of hers whose actions are certainly not above board... Who had a position in the county and abused his.

None of this of course makes Alex any saint or changes his crimes.

They are just all looking like corrupt crooks. Every which way one turns.
 
You know, here is another thought.

Was he arrested and jailed and bonded in Colleton? Because here you have a county employee wiretapping another county employee/s presumable on county business and quite possibly for the beneift of even some other county employee or official or who knows. THIS county should not be policing, bonding, trying, charging, sentencing one of their own in its own mess. And Lord knows what it was for or related to and who all is involved.

Never though of that part until just now or paid attn, just assumed he went to that jail/department. I know it is a SLED investigation but where was he arrested, jailed, bonded? SERIOUS conflicts if you ask me.
 
I watched the multi part documentary on this. And I didn't find it biased. It was backed up on facts, Evidence that pointed to guilt on everything they have been accused of. So, Yes, It is IMO. They have gotten away with everything they could because of who they are, Money, And power. It included all of the murders, And the suspicious death of the man on the road, And the girlfriend on the boat, The mother, The alcohol being given to minors at the law office. Yes @GrandmaBear. It was a law partners kid involved.
 

Wow. Those almost look like the redactions in the "Kennedy File". Yes. IMO. It does seem the jurors were asked questions, And did not just give statements. The square looks weird. "Paul Lynde" Center square. I cannot think of a time where I have heard of a "Court Clerk" To watch a defendant's actions. The jury watching, Yes. They do that on their own. And the defendantis advised by their attorneyto remain as stoic as possible. "Jury Tampering" Yeahhhh. I am not yet through the video. As much as I hate it. It does seem IMO. There was interference in some manner. Making the defense's argument stronger. IMO. He will get a new trial. I have noticed the defense always fights for crime scene photos being shown. Even in cases where DNA proves they committed the crime. In those cases, I believe it is important imposing penalty. I could see if there is doubt being argued. Not allowing according to the "Paralegal "Smoke breaks". That appears to me also, To make a decision FAST! Otherwise...OH YES YOU DO!!! I'll even vape DURING deliberations, Mess with me. Some jurors are saying different. So there is conflict in statements. This also is in favor of the defense. Wow. Like I said. The evidence speaks he is guilty. But how stupid to do these things of misconduct, If they did. I don't understand why they felt they needed to. The one juror telling her husband where they were going. DUH! So since I don't know. For an important trial like this. They weren't sequestered?. If a juror didn't hear a comment. You would think they would ask to repeat it. Or after adjournment that day. They all deny they were coerced. Of course they will however. I personally have never heard of a private meeting with just the jury "Foreman". I am more convinced, And not done with this video. That he will get a new trial. Even if there was not misconduct. It is a mess. There is too much conflict of conduct in statements going polar opposites. Such a high profile case, And if you did. I will say even more now. How incredibly stupid. I hate taking the side of the defense. Especially in this case. IMO. He definitely is guilty. I'm usually for the prosecution. Thank you for posting this @GrandmaBear. That was very good. Unbiased. If it can sway ME for evidence in favor of the defense....
 
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Interesting. IF this has any relation to Murdaugh at all. Hard to say at this point. Maybe Mz Becky and son had interest in any county case that they felt like dabbling in...

I wasn't sold on her really having done much wrong and I'm still not but I am certainly not opposed to that she DID either, just wasn't convinced yet as I sure don't trust the defense in this one, etc. but now we have a formerly unknown Sonny Boy of hers whose actions are certainly not above board... Who had a position in the county and abused his.

None of this of course makes Alex any saint or changes his crimes.

They are just all looking like corrupt crooks. Every which way one turns.
Why would SLED take her phone if she hasn't done anything wrong?

What I am also wondering about is the FB posts from the egg juror's alleged ex - the ones that he claims he didn't write.

This is beginning to sound like a novel. Maybe there is another book being written.
 
Wow. Those almost look like the redactions in the "Kennedy File". Yes. IMO. It does seem the jurors were asked questions, And did not just give statements. The square looks weird. "Paul Lynde" Center square. I cannot think of a time where I have heard of a "Court Clerk" To watch a defendant's actions. The jury watching, Yes. They do that on their own. And the defendantis advised by their attorneyto remain as stoic as possible. "Jury Tampering" Yeahhhh. I am not yet through the video. As much as I hate it. It does seem IMO. There was interference in some manner. Making the defense's argument stronger. IMO. He will get a new trial. I have noticed the defense always fights for crime scene photos being shown. Even in cases where DNA proves they committed the crime. In those cases, I believe it is important imposing penalty. I could see if there is doubt being argued. Not allowing according to the "Paralegal "Smoke breaks". That appears to me also, To make a decision FAST! Otherwise...OH YES YOU DO!!! I'll even vape DURING deliberations, Mess with me. Some jurors are saying different. So there is conflict in statements. This also is in favor of the defense. Wow. Like I said. The evidence speaks he is guilty. But how stupid to do these things of misconduct, If they did. I don't understand why they felt they needed to. The one juror telling her husband where they were going. DUH! So since I don't know. For an important trial like this. They weren't sequestered?. If a juror didn't hear a comment. You would think they would ask to repeat it. Or after adjournment that day. They all deny they were coerced. Of course they will however. I personally have never heard of a private meeting with just the jury "Foreman". I am more convinced, And not done with this video. That he will get a new trial. Even if there was not misconduct. It is a mess. There is too much conflict of conduct in statements going polar opposites. Such a high profile case, And if you did. I will say even more now. How incredibly stupid. I hate taking the side of the defense. Especially in this case. IMO. He definitely is guilty. I'm usually for the prosecution. Thank you for posting this @GrandmaBear. That was very good. Unbiased. If it can sway ME for evidence in favor of the defense....
I think they only deliberated for 3 hours, because the holdout juror had already been ousted by Miss Becky and replaced by an alternate.
 

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