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Sep 22, 2023

Murdaugh pleads guilty to financial crimes

CHARLESTON — Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh did something Thursday he hasn’t done in the two years since his life of privilege and power started to unravel — plead guilty to a crime. Murdaugh admitted in federal court to 22 counts of financial fraud and money laundering. Murdaugh, 55, is serving life without parole in a […]

Sep 18, 2023

State challenges Murdaugh attorneys over clerk allegations

COLUMBIA — Prosecutors suggested Friday that convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh’s defense attorneys got some details wrong when they recently accused the court clerk of improperly influencing the jury. Murdaugh was sentenced this March to life in prison for the June 2021 shooting deaths of his wife and youngest son. But in a Sept. 5 request […]

Sep 6, 2023

Murdaugh’s lawyers cite court clerk’s actions in appeal

COLUMBIA — Attorneys for convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh want a new trial, accusing the court clerk of improperly influencing the jury. They’re accusing the court clerk at his double murder trial of telling jurors not to trust him when he testified in his own defense. They say she also had private conversations with the jury […]

Sep 1, 2023

Murdaugh loses prison privileges after lawyer records call

COLUMBIA — Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh has lost his phone privileges and his prison tablet computer after his lawyer recorded him reading his journal entries on a call for a documentary about his case, South Carolina Corrections Department officials said Wednesday. Prison policy prohibits inmates from talking to the media without permission because the agency […]

Aug 28, 2023

Murdaugh to plead guilty in theft case

COLUMBIA — Convicted murderer and former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges he stole millions of dollars from clients, according to court records. If Murdaugh doesn’t change his mind before standing in front of a judge on Sept. 21, it would mark the first time he admits guilt […]

Aug 25, 2023

Murdaugh friend pleads guilty to second slate of charges

KINGSTREE — Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh ‘s old college buddy has pleaded guilty to a second set of charges for helping the disgraced South Carolina attorney steal millions of dollars of insurance settlements from the sons of Murdaugh’s dead housekeeper. Cory Fleming, 54, a former lawyer, wasn’t immediately sentenced after his guilty plea to 23 […]

Aug 17, 2023

Murdaugh colleague sentenced in fraud scheme

CHARLESTON — A longtime friend of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in prison for scheming to steal millions of dollars in insurance settlements from the sons of Murdaugh’s dead housekeeper. Cory Fleming said he knew the lawyer now serving a life sentence for killing his wife and […]

Aug 2, 2023

Court sentences Murdaugh accomplice to seven years

The man who once headed a highly respected bank in the South Carolina Lowcountry will spend seven years in federal prison for helping convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh steal nearly $2 million from clients’ legal settlements. Russell Laffitte was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six charges related to wire and bank fraud […]

Jul 17, 2023

Store that sold Alex Murdaugh’s son beer must pay $15 million to family of teen killed in boat crash

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The family of a teen killed in a boat crash, which prosecutors said begin the financial downfall of double murderer Alex Murdaugh, has reached a $15 million deal to settle a lawsuit against a convenience store chain that sold Murdaugh’s son alcohol while under age. Sunday’s deal came after a judge […]

Jun 1, 2023

Alex Murdaugh pleads not guilty — for now — to federal wire fraud and money laundering charges

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Alex Murdaugh was arraigned Wednesday on federal money laundering and wire fraud charges for indictments saying he stole money from his clients, and although he pleaded not guilty for now, his lawyer said that might change soon. Murdaugh is already serving a life sentence in a South Carolina state prison for […]

May 25, 2023

Convicted murderer and ex-attorney Alex Murdaugh facing federal charges of fraud, theft

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh is facing federal charges for the first time after being indicted on 22 financial fraud charges over allegations that the disgraced former attorney schemed to steal settlement money from clients. The indictments unsealed Wednesday don’t appear to reveal any new allegations against Murdaugh, a once prominent attorney […]

May 8, 2023

As Alex Murdaugh sits in prison cell, legal woes continue

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Alex Murdaugh may be serving a life sentence for killing his wife and son, but the legal system is far from done with him. As he sat in his South Carolina prison cell this week, Murdaugh’s lawyers dealt with large financial claims against him. They told an insurer looking to force […]

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