Tuesday, 6 Jun 2023

Disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh pleads not guilty to murdering wife and son

Former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife and son while appearing at a bond court in Colleton County.

Murdaugh’s defense attorneys maintained his innocence, and asked the judge for a speedy trial because he believes his family’s real killer or killers are still on the loose.

Murdaugh’s wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were killed at the disbarred lawyer’s estate in Colleton County in June 2021.

Murdaugh, 54, was charged with two counts of murder on July 14. He also faces more than 80 other charges, including running a money laundering and drug ring and attempting to arrange for his own death so his family could receive a $10million insurance payout.

According to the indictment, Murdaugh allegedly used a rifle and a shotgun to kill his family.

The bond judge denied him bail, which his attorneys said he could not pay anyway. He has remained in jail since October 2021 after he was unable to pay the $7million bond for his other charges.

Murdaugh’s defense lawyer and the prosecution agreed to a deal to temporarily keep evidence secret amid increased media attention to his case.

Murdaugh’s attorneys released a statement shortly after his indictment, saying “Alex wants his family, friends and everyone to know that he did not have anything to do with the murders of Maggie and Paul. He loved them more than anything in the world.”

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