Disgraced Former Attorney Alex Murdaugh Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Wife, Son
Alex Murdaugh arrives at his bond hearing in Richland County, South Carolina, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.
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Disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to killing his wife and son in June 2021.

Murdaugh’s attorneys made the plea during a bond hearing on Wednesday, during which his defense asked that he be held without bond since he couldn’t afford one anyway. The defense attorneys also said Murdaugh wishes for a speedy trial, insisting the real killer or killers of his family are still out there, the Associated Press reported. The prosecution, meanwhile, insisted the evidence shows Murdaugh is the killer.

“The evidence in this case is substantial and it all points back to Alex Murdaugh. There is forensic evidence as well as other evidence of his guilt of these murders,” Creighton Waters, deputy state attorney general, said during the hearing.

Defense attorney Dick Harpootlian responded by saying: “Our response to that is he’s wrong. And that’s why a jury will sit in that jury box.”

Murdaugh was already in prison for dozens of other charges, including financial crimes and charges related to his alleged attempt to stage a fake “hit” on himself. Those charges, according to The Washington Post, were made after his wife and son were killed, but he had not been indicted for their deaths until last week.

The murder charge is just the latest in a long and bizarre story regarding the once prominent South Carolina attorney. After Murdaugh’s wife, 52-year-old Margaret, and their 22-year-old son Paul, were found murdered, police began looking into Murdaugh’s life and discovered numerous disturbing details.

Murdaugh was accused of stealing $8.5 million from people who had hired him to be their attorney. He is also alleged to have orchestrated his own murder by hiring a friend to kill him so that his surviving son, Buster, could receive a $10 million life insurance payout. Murdaugh allegedly lied to police about the incident, claiming a stranger shot him on the side of the road. This all took place just days after Murdaugh’s firm discovered he had been stealing money from clients.

Further, state police began looking into the hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old in July 2015 as a possible connection to Murdaugh, but no additional details have been released. Authorities also exhumed the body of Murdaugh’s former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, who was said to have died after a fall in 2018. Murdaugh allegedly collected more than $4 million from his home insurer by claiming wrongful death and saying he was working for Satterfield’s family, but the family didn’t receive any of the money, according to prosecutors.

Last month, Murdaugh was also indicted for alleged money laundering and creating a “distribution network” for painkillers, the Associated Press reported at the time. Murdaugh allegedly ran the drug ring with the same friend he allegedly hired to kill him.

Murdaugh has repeatedly denied killing his wife and son, saying he was visiting his parents when they were killed. He’s been in jail since October with a $7 million bond. Last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court disbarred him, with his attorneys declining to contest the arguments against his disbarment.

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