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South Carolina Judge Paves Way for Possible New Trial in Alex Murdaugh Case Amid Jury Tampering Allegations

Judge Paves Way for Possible New Trial in Alex Murdaugh Case

A new trial for Alex Murdaugh could be happening.

Oct. 18 2023, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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A motion to suspend Alex Murdaugh’s conviction appeal was granted by the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and his case now could be headed to a new murder trial.

On Oct. 17, Chief Judge H. Bruce Williams signed the order, sending the case back to circuit court, which will be tasked with considering allegations of jury tampering by the Colleton County clerk, CNN reported.

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As Front Page Detectives previously reported, a jury found Alex, 55, guilty of brutally murdering his wife Maggie, 52, and younger son Paul, 22, at the family’s estate in South Carolina on the night of June 7, 2021, and he is currently serving two consecutive life sentences.

Murdaugh’s attorneys, Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, told CNN in a statement: “The recent ruling to stay the appeal and remand the case for a hearing on Alex Murdaugh’s motion for a new trial is welcomed news.”

Murdaugh’s defense team said they will move quickly in this process and seek a “full blown evidentiary hearing addressing the serious allegations pertaining to improper jury communications by the Clerk of Court.”

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The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office declined to comment and noted prosecutors would respond through the courts.

Hearing details will be determined at a later date, officials said.


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