As millions of Americans prepare their tables for Thanksgiving, one seat within Colleton County, South Carolina could go unoccupied due to an ongoing criminal investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
On Tuesday — November 21, 2023 — Jeffrey “Colt” Hill was arrested by deputies of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on one singular count of wiretapping. At 4:28 p.m. EST, the 34-year-old was booked into the Colleton County detention center, according to detainee records.
“The defendant did willfully and feloniously intercept electronic phone communication,” according to Jeffrey’s arrest warrant. “[He] was employed as the Colleton County information technology director and misused his position to unlawfully intercept, and listen to conversations …”
As FITSNews previously reported, SLED was requested by the office of S.C. fourteenth circuit solicitor Duffie Stone to investigate allegations of eavesdropping from within the county administration’s technology department.
The focus of that investigation? Jeffrey, who was listed as the county’s technology director before being erased from the online staff directory on Nov. 22, 2023.
If you recognize his last name from our sweeping and ongoing coverage of the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga — it’s likely because his mother is none other than Becky Hill, clerk of court for Colleton County.
Becky oversaw the six-week double murder trial of disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh — and was the very woman who announced his guilty verdicts to the world on March 2, 2023.
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Since publishing her memoir — Behind the Doors of Justice: The Murdaugh Murders — and appearing in a Netflix documentary concerning the trial, Becky has been accused of jury tampering by Murdaugh’s attorneys. The allegations, made public by Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, were part of a bombshell motion for a new trial in September.
Becky has since refuted the accusations and retained the counsel of Justin Bamberg and Will Lewis. Bamberg — a fifth-term state representative — is known across the Palmetto State for representing multiple victims of Murdaugh’s admitted financial crimes.
Becky did not respond to our request for comment on the allegations against her son earlier this month.
According to sources familiar with the ongoing investigation, Jeffrey was accused of illegally recording a conversation involving Meagan Utsey — the deputy county administrator for Colleton County.
While it’s not immediately clear if Jeffrey’s arrest was related to Murdaugh — our sources confirmed that it did entangle his mother. Becky was reportedly forced to surrender her phone to SLED upon the issuance of a search warrant Tuesday evening.
As with anyone accused of committing a crime, Jeffrey is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system – or until such time as he may wish to enter some form of allocution in connection with a plea agreement with prosecutors related to charges filed against him.
UPDATE | On Nov. 22, Jeffrey posted a $20,000 personal recognizance bond granted by Colleton County magistrate judge Roosevelt L. Jenkins.
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