WALTERBORO, SC — Suspended South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the killing of his wife and son.
His lawyers and prosecutors agreed to keep the evidence secret under media coverage. His defense asked the judge to refuse him bail because he can’t afford to publish it anyway and wants a speedy trial because he believes the killer or killers are still at large.
The prosecutor denied that and told the judge that all the evidence points to his guilt in the shooting of his wife and son.
Circuit Judge Clifton Newman had previously denied Murdaugh after he was accused of stealing money from customers. Another judge later set a $7 million bail, but Murdaugh was unable to pay and has been in jail since October.
His lawyers have complained multiple times that the bail was too high, saying that due to lawsuits and frozen assets, Murdaugh couldn’t even afford to buy underwear from the prison store.
Murdaugh, 54, was charged with two murders in the June 2021 shooting of his wife Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, at the Colleton County hunting estate.
He also faces more than 80 other charges, including stealing money from customers; running a money laundering and drug gang; and tried to arrange his own death so that his surviving son could receive a $10 million life insurance benefit.