Alex Murdaugh said in court documents Thursday that he learned for the first time of possible jury misconduct in his double murder trial after he was sentenced to two life sentences for shooting and killing his wife and son. said.
“I have no knowledge or information that the Colleton County Court Clerk, Rebecca Hill, or any other person… communicated with the jury regarding evidence, jury deliberations, or any other matter during the trial… “After the jury has returned its verdict and I have been sentenced,” he wrote.
His lawyers called the prosecution’s motion for a new trial “procedurally flawed” because it did not include an affidavit or record when it first learned of the allegations. He filed an affidavit on Thursday in response to the call.
Defense attorneys Jim Griffin and Dick Harpootlian countered that prosecutors were acting in “malice” and trying to delay responding to alarming reports of misconduct.
The defense team accused Mr. Hill of telling jurors not to believe Mr. Murdaugh’s testimony and pressuring them to vote quickly for a guilty verdict in order to secure a book deal.
Buster Murdaugh says his father Alex has psychopathic traits, but insists he’s innocent
The lawyers filed an appeal after the verdict, but before they met with the three jurors who made surprising arguments.
Earlier this month, defense attorneys filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina. court of appeals Suspending the appeal and handing over the case to the trial judge to decide whether to overturn the verdict based on newly discovered evidence.
The defense has argued that Hill, who wrote a memoir about the trial, “betrayed his oath of office for money and fame.” Her attorney, Justin Bamberg, declined to comment.
However, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson responded in a four-page brief that, while he did not explicitly state that the allegations were false, the motion for a new trial lacked important information.
Buster Murdaugh breaks his silence on his father’s ‘unfair’ murder trial
The defense’s petition for a new trial comes on the same day that Murdaugh admitted in federal court to 22 counts of financial misconduct, marking his first guilty plea.
“I want to take responsibility. I want my son to see me take responsibility. It is my hope that by taking responsibility, the people I have hurt will begin to heal,” he said in court.
He denies killing his wife Maggie and son Paul in June 2021.
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Fox Nation aired the series “The Fall of the Murdaugh Family” Earlier this month, it featured interviews with Hill and Murdaugh’s only surviving son, Buster.