Disgraced barrister Alex Murdaugh is seeking a second murder trial based on “newly discovered evidence” which he says was not presented to a jury before his double murder conviction in March.
Lawyers for the 57-year-old killer have announced a shocking news conference for Tuesday afternoon at which they will lay out their strategy to have Murdaugh’s double life sentence overturned for the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul.
Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, who represented Murdaugh at his trial earlier this year, have not given details of the new “evidence” they intend to present.
The move comes days after Murdaugh’s surviving son Buster broke his six-month silence about his family’s ordeal and insisted he believes his father was wrongly convicted.
Alex Murdaugh has asked for his murder conviction to be quashed, six months after he was found guilty of killing his wife and son. He is pictured with his attorneys Jim Griffin (left) and Dick Harpootlian (right) before his sentencing on March 3, 2023.
The disgraced lawyer was found guilty in March of fatally shooting his son Paul (left) and wife Maggie (centre right). Last week his surviving son Buster (right) insisted he believes Murdaugh was wrongly convicted
The press conference is scheduled to take place on the grounds of the South Carolina State House near the Court of Appeals where Murdaugh’s attorneys filed their motion for a retrial just over six months after losing his murder case.
A jury convicted Murdaugh on March 2 of the fatal shooting of Maggie and Alex at her family’s hunting lodge in June 2021.
The day after his guilty verdict, he was sentenced to two life terms. He has reportedly spent his time behind bars enjoying his “celebrity” status by responding to fan mail, playing video games and watching television.
But Murdaugh also allegedly wrongly annoyed prison officials with his behavior and disregard for inmate rules.
Officials at McCormick Correctional Institution said Murdaugh had a disciplinary hearing last week after violating the prison’s policy of giving news interviews and using another inmate’s PIN number to make phone calls from behind bars.
Murdaugh reportedly first read the information to Griffin, who recorded their exchange and made it available to the media. When prison guards found out about this, Murdaugh’s tablet and phone were immediately confiscated, leading to him subsequently stealing another inmate’s PIN number to make more phone calls.
After his disciplinary hearing, the disfellowshipped attorney lost his telephone and canteen privileges for 30 days Live5News.
The Murdaugh family was a major legal dynasty in South Carolina. After Alex was arrested for the murders, it was revealed that he had stolen millions from clients
The eldest son of the disgraced former South Carolina attorney told Fox Nation he didn’t believe his father, 55, killed Maggie and Paul at their Moselle hunting ground in 2021
Last week, Murdaugh’s surviving son Buster, 26, broke his silence six months after the Blockbuster trial and spectacularly claimed he doesn’t believe his father killed his brother and mother.
The disgraced South Carolina attorney’s eldest son told Fox Nation he doesn’t think it’s possible his 55-year-old father killed Maggie and Paul on their hunting property in 2021.
He said, “I think I have a very unique perspective that nobody else in this courtroom has ever had.” And I know the love that I’ve experienced.
“I was there for six weeks, studying it, and I think it was a mess from the start.”
Buster, 26, was also pointed at for the death of his schoolmate Stephen Smith, 19, in 2015 – and claimed the couple had a gay relationship.
But in the interview he denied any connection to it, adding: “I was never involved in his murder and I was never involved with him on a physical level in any way.”
Buster insisted on his father’s innocence. Pictured, he exchanges a glance with the convicted murderer as he takes the witness stand at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro in February 2023
Murdaugh’s trial earlier this year drew international attention as numerous shocking details were uncovered during the trial, including how Alex allegedly stole millions of dollars from his clients.
The high-profile trial was branded unfair by Buster as he felt public outcry over the crimes may have affected the outcome, describing it as a “tipped table”.
He targeted the police and the judge, claiming they had a “fucking motive” and that he “don’t think it’s fair” that all 12 jurors found him guilty.
“I was there for six weeks studying it, and I think it was a lopsided table from the start,” Buster said.
“And I think unfortunately a lot of the jury thought that way before they had to deliberate.
“It was preordained in their minds before they ever heard a shred of evidence presented in this room.”
He believes the jury ultimately found his father guilty of the shooting because “they could read everything they could read before the trial.”