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Alex Murdaugh’s Double Homicide Appeal Delayed Again

Transcripts still not ready …

Convicted killer Alex Murdaugh’s long-awaited appeal is facing yet another delay this week, as court reporters have been granted an extension which will give them until August 17, 2023 to finish compiling transcripts from his murder trial back in March.  

Murdaugh, 55, a disbarred attorney and alleged fraudster from Hampton, S.C., was found guilty of the graphic 2021 murders of his wife – 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh – and younger son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh, at the conclusion of a six-week trial in Walterboro, S.C.

The trial gained international attention given its gruesomeness – and given Murdaugh’s status as a member of the once-powerful “House of Murdaugh,” a family which ran the Palmetto Lowcountry like a fiefdom for nearly a century. Three Murdaughs held the post of S.C. fourteenth circuit solicitor between 1920-2006 – and Murdaugh himself was a badge-carrying assistant solicitor at the time of the murders.

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Alex Murdaugh’s assistant solicitor’s badge. (FITSNews)

The jury deliberated for only a few hours before returning its verdict. On March 3, 2023, S.C. circuit court judge Clifton Newman handed down a pair of life sentences.

Murdaugh’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal on March 9, 2023, however they have yet to formally submit a document articulating the grounds upon which they believe their client’s conviction should be overturned.

Obviously, the transcripts from the trial will be critical in making their case.

The transcripts were ordered on March 21, 2023. Extensions were subsequently requested on May 17 and June 16. The latest round of extensions was filed with the South Carolina Court of Appeals on July 17, 2023. 

“We are anxious to get started on the briefing for the appeal,” Murdaugh attorney Jim Griffin told this media outlet on Tuesday. “We hope this is the final extension.”

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Griffin represented Murdaugh in the murder trial along with state senator Dick Harpootlian, Phillip Barber and Margaret Fox. Back in March, Griffin and Harpootlian sought to have $160,000 transferred from an escrow account held by Murdaugh’s court-appointed receivers to help subsidize his appeal. In May, S.C. circuit court judge Daniel Hall denied their request.

Most believe Murdaugh’s appeal will focus on the controversial admissibility of evidence related to his alleged financial crimes. However, sources familiar with the situation say defense attorneys may have an “ace up their sleeve” on another subject.

Whatever cards wind up getting played, finding a majority of appeals court judges – or supreme court justices – to overturn Murdaugh’s conviction is a steep climb, according to Palmetto State lawyers we spoke with.

Murdaugh has yet to go to trial on more than 100 counts of alleged financial criminality, although one of his alleged co-conspirators is scheduled to stand trial in September. In addition to the various state charges he is facing, Murdaugh has also been charged federally with nearly two dozen financial crimes.

To view the two appeal extension rulings for yourself, click on the documents below …

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THE EXTENSIONS …

(Via: S.C. Court of Appeals)

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Callie Lyons (Provided)

Callie Lyons is a journalist, researcher, and author whose investigative work can be found in media outlets, publications, and documentaries all over the world – most recently in the Parisian newspaper Le Monde and a German documentary for ProSieben. Lyons also appears in Citizen Sleuth – a 2023 documentary exploring the genre of true crime.

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Goody3 Top fan July 19, 2023 at 10:35 am

“The Never-ending Story” ……………………………..

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VERITAS Top fan July 19, 2023 at 11:15 am

… “Most believe Murdaugh’s appeal will focus on the controversial admissibility of evidence related to his alleged financial crimes. However, sources familiar with the situation say defense attorneys may have an ‘ace up their sleeve’ on another subject.”

More like, ” … ace up their ass”. Bottom line is Murdaugh was convicted by the kennel video. Murdaugh was there, two of his guns are still missing, the guns in the house were loaded with the same with ammunition found in the bodies, the clothes he was wearing that night are still missing, his phone was conveniently partially wiped during critical times, he tried to get two staff to lie …

Face it, Harpo and Griff, you lost because Murdaugh killed his wife and son … “It’s so bad. I did it so bad.” Tne financial pressures proved motive. You tried to defend the lies, but Truth won the trial.

Where’s the money from Murdaugh coming from to pay these two bozos to continue the long saga of the Murdaugh criminal and corrupt form of “justice” that portions of South Carolina have had to endure for a century?

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