As required by law, attorneys for convicted killer Alex Murdaugh served the state of South Carolina with notice of their intention to appeal his recent Colleton County convictions on murder and weapons charges.
The notice doesn’t lay out any specific grounds for Murdaugh’s appeal, it merely states that he “appeals his convictions and sentences.”
Murdaugh’s formal appeal will be forthcoming …
The notice was filed in the S.C. court of appeals by attorneys Dick Harpootlian, Jim Griffin and Maggie Fox – all of whom represented Murdaugh in his double homicide trial in Colleton County from January 23 – March 3, 2023. A copy was served on lead prosecutor Creighton Waters, who led a team including his boss – S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson.
“Our office handles all appeals and Alex Murdaugh’s will be no different,” Wilson said. “We’ll continue to defend our case throughout the entire appellate process.”
A nine-judge panel based in Columbia, S.C., the court of appeals hears cases from circuit court and family court. It consists of a chief judge (Bruce Williams) and eight associate judges – each of whom are elected by the S.C. General Assembly to staggered terms of six years each.
The court can sits either as three panels of three judges apiece or as a whole – and can hear oral arguments and motions in any county of the state.
Murdaugh was found guilty last Thursday by a Colleton County jury in the savage slayings of his wife, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, and younger son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh on June 7, 2021 at Moselle – the family’s 1,700-acre hunting property straddling the Salkehatchie River on the border of Colleton and Hampton counties. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by S.C. circuit court judge Clifton Newman last Friday.
The scion of an influential South Carolina legal dynasty, Murdaugh once led the Palmetto State’s powerful trial lawyers’ lobby. Today, he remains squarely at the epicenter of a maze of alleged criminality known as the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga.
Speaking of that saga, Wilson’s office is preparing to move forward with the next round of criminal charges against Murdaugh.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.
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