Alex Murdaugh's Lawyers Want a New Trial. They Say the Court Clerk Told Jurors Not to Trust Him
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Attorneys for convicted murder Alex Murdaugh want a new trial, accusing the court clerk of improperly influencing the jury.
They're accusing the court clerk at his double murder trial of telling jurors not to trust him when he testified in his own defense. They say she also had private conversations with the jury foreperson, and pressured jurors to come to a quick verdict.
The request filed by Murdaugh's lawyers on Tuesday also accuses Colleton County Clerk of Court Rebecca Hill of giving jury members business cards from reporters. After the verdict, she traveled to New York City with three of the jurors to do interviews. She also wrote a book after the trial called Behind the Doors of Justice: The Murdaugh Murders.
Ms. Hill betrayed her oath of office for money and fame, wrote Jim Griffin and Dick Harpootlian, who planned a news conference Tuesday afternoon outside the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Hill and prosecutors did not immediately respond to emails from The Associated Press.