Murdaugh Plea Deal, Another Mysterious Boat Crash, Political Scandal Update – Week In Review 8/26/2023

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Our team traveled across South Carolina this week chasing several stories – including a visit to the historic Williamsburg County courthouse in Kingstree, S.C. for a plea hearing tied to the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga.

Lead state prosecutor Creighton Waters brought the heat against disgraced Palmetto State attorney Cory Fleming – eviscerating the financial co-conspirator of convicted killer Alex Murdaugh.

In other news, our research director Jenn Wood dove deep into a story out of rural Richland County that continues to haunt a Midlands family – the May 16, 2020 death of 19-year-old Jaden Phillips. So much went wrong in this case it’s hard to know where to start … but Wood pulls at all the threads in the hopes of finding answers.



There was also a ton of political news to cover as a pair of South Carolina politicians – former governor Nikki Haley and junior U.S. senator Tim Scott – made their debuts on a Republican presidential debate stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday evening.

We also provided a big update on the ‘Days of our Congressman‘ scandal, a still-unraveling political/ sex soap opera starring third-term congressman William Timmons of Greenville, S.C.

We may have additional updates on that story later today …

Timmons is gunning for a fourth term in Washington, D.C. in 2024, but the 38-year-old fortunate son is expected to face stiff opposition after pulling off an uninspiring GOP primary win in the spring of 2022.




The State Strikes Back
Alex Murdaugh To Plead Guilty


Inquest Determines 2020 Death Was An Accident


Milwaukee Melee: Winners And Losers


Greenville GOP Women Get The Goods



Will Folks (Brett Flashnick)

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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1 comment

Bryan Calhoun August 26, 2023 at 3:16 pm

The responding officers didn’t even ask for the name of the person driving the boat that day. Never filed a report of the incident. Never reported the accident to SCDNR. Never followed up with the family. Instead they offered the driver of the boat hand sanitizer to clean the blood off his hands and even joked that the hand sanitizer, “smelled like vodka”. Feel free to request the officers body camera footage via a FOIA request. Everything about this case is suspect. The stories told from that day are suspect. The cover up is suspect. Do you trust your local legal process? If I lived in Rochland County, SC I truly would not.


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