Time to move on and forward.South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement concerning the decision to deny Alex Murdaugh a new murder trial.
Background: Last March, after a trial that lasted almost six weeks, ex-lawyer and member of prominent South Carolina family, Alex Murdaugh, was convicted and sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences in prison, without the possibility for parole, for the 2021 murders of his wife Maggie, and 22-year-old son Paul.
Why It Matters: On Monday, a court denied Murdaugh’s request for another trial.
In September, his attorneys requested a new trial after claiming that Colleton County Clerk of Court Rebecca Hill, “tampered 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.”
During the hearing on Monday, Hill and other jurors testified. Some stated she told them to “watch Murdaugh’s demeanor” but Hill referred to it as a “pep talk” (ABC News). All jurors said their minds were not swayed by anything Hill said. According to Judge Jean Toal, “Each member of this jury took their involuntary assignment very seriously. They obeyed the instructions of the court. They obeyed the oath.”
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