The South Carolina Court docket of Appeals has granted Alex Murdaugh’s movement to droop his conviction enchantment and despatched the case again to circuit courtroom to contemplate allegations of jury tampering by the Colleton County clerk.
The choice clears step one within the quest for a brand new homicide trial by the infamous South Carolina fraudster who was convicted in March of murdering his spouse and son.
Chief Decide H. Bruce Williams signed the order Tuesday morning.
The case is now remanded to circuit courtroom to contemplate the jury tampering allegations.
“The current ruling to remain the enchantment and remand the case for a listening to on Alex Murdaugh’s movement for a brand new trial is welcomed information,” stated Murdaugh’s attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin in a joint assertion to CNN.
“We intend to proceed expeditiously and can search a full blown evidentiary listening to addressing the intense allegations pertaining to improper jury communications by the Clerk of Court docket.”
The South Carolina Legal professional Common’s Workplace advised CNN they might “reply by means of the authorized course of on the acceptable time.”
Murdaugh, 55, appealed days after he was convicted following a six-week trial of taking pictures and killing his spouse, Maggie, and grown son Paul on the household’s searching property.
He’s at the moment serving two consecutive life sentences in a state jail for his or her murders.
Murdaugh pleaded responsible to just about two dozen fraud and cash laundering fees final month in a federal courtroom in Charleston.
The plea was associated to a scheme wherein Murdaugh and a financial institution worker allegedly defrauded his private damage shoppers and laundered greater than $7 million of funds, in keeping with an indictment. Murdaugh was accused of utilizing the settlement funds for his “private profit, together with utilizing the proceeds to repay private loans and for private bills and money withdrawals.”
The instances introduced nationwide consideration to Murdaugh, a former private damage legal professional and member of a dynastic household within the area, the place his father, grandfather and great-grandfather served because the native prosecutor consecutively from 1920 to 2006.
Murdaugh’s attorneys final month filed a movement to droop that homicide conviction enchantment so they might transfer ahead with requesting a brand new trial.
Their movement contained allegations that Colleton County Clerk of Court docket Rebecca “Becky” Hill “tampered with the jury by advising them to not consider Murdaugh’s testimony and different proof offered by the protection, pressuring them to succeed in a fast responsible verdict, and even misrepresenting crucial and materials data to the trial decide in her marketing campaign to take away a juror she believed to be favorable to the protection.”
CNN has reached out to an legal professional representing Hill for remark.