Alex Murdaugh: Why Did the Court Deny a New Trial?

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In 2023, the court convicted Alex Murdaugh of killing his wife and son at the family’s hunting lodge in 2021. However, his team of attorneys asked for a new trial after learning that one of the court clerks influenced the jurors. The team filed a motion and requested a new trial. However, things didn’t go their way because the court denied their request to grant a new trial for Murdaugh, giving a massive setback to the lawyer and his attorneys.

According to The New York Times, the judge made it clear that Rebecca Hill, the court clerk, made some “fleeting and foolish” comments during the trial. However, Murdaugh’s lawyers were unable to prove that her statements affected the jury’s decision. As a result, the court said that the lawyer “did not meet the bar to have his conviction and life sentence set aside.”

As per People Magazine, the judge also believed that this case doesn’t need a new trial because of comments made by “publicity-seeking clerk of court.” Meanwhile, after the court’s ruling, Hill’s lawyers expressed gratitude towards the court’s ruling and said they respected the verdict. Hill has always denied all the allegations against her. As of now, the court hasn’t charged Hill for allegedly tampering with the jury during the Alex Murdaugh trial.

Alex Murdaugh murder case explored

On June 7, 2021, Alex Murdaugh found the lifeless bodies of his wife, Margaret, and younger son, Paul, at the family’s hunting lodge. The authorities sent their bodies for autopsy, as per NBC News. The autopsy revealed that Margaret and Paul died because of multiple gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, Alex Murdaugh resigned from his law firm and entered rehab. However, his firm accused him of misappropriating company’s funds. But the case took a wild turn when Alex Murdaugh suffered injuries in a roadside shooting in Hampton County. Police started investigating the shooting incident. Soon, the authorities released a statement saying that the lawyer “arranged for a man to kill him.” As per NBC News, Murdaugh took the drastic decision so that his older son, Buster, could get money from an insurance policy.

On September 16, 2021, Murdaugh surrendered to the police. NBC News reported that the authorities charged him with “insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.” The court granted him bail and ordered him to enter a drug rehabilitation center. However, in October 2021, the authorities arrested him again for more financial fraud.

Then, in July 2022, the court indicted Alex Murdaugh on double murder charges in the deaths of Paul and Margaret. Murdaugh denied his involvement and pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. In December of the same year, prosecutors claimed that the lawyer killed his wife and son to “gain sympathy.” They also said that he killed his family members so that he won’t be held accountable for several financial crimes. During the trial, prosecutors also played an unseen video.

Murdaugh sentenced to life in prison

As per NBC News, three voices could be heard in the video. Citing the witnesses, the outlet also mentioned that the voices belonged to Alex, Paul, and Margaret. After many arguments, on March 2, 2023, the jury finally announced its verdict. The jury found Alex Murdaugh guilty of murder and sentenced him to life in prison.

Aside from this, he pleaded guilty to 22 counts of financial fraud, including money laundering. He admitted to his wrongdoings and said, “I am glad to finally be given the opportunity to plead guilty. I am happy to be pleading guilty to these charges for a number of reasons.”

According to People Magazine, Murdaugh is currently serving his sentence in a high-security South Carolina prison.

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