On Thursday, prosecutors grilled Alex Murdaugh about the various financial crimes he carried out before his wife and son’s 2021 murders.
Prosecutor Creighton Waters repeatedly questioned Alex about whether he remembers an instance in which he told a client he was “on their side” while knowingly stealing their money. Alex did not provide a specific instance or a name, but he maintained that he stole money from various clients.
“These are people that I still care about, and I did them this way,” he testified.
The prosecutor, Creighton Waters, appears to be growing increasingly frustrated by Alex Murdaugh’s responses to specific questions about his thefts from clients over the years. “How many times have you practiced that answer before your testimony today?” #AlexMurdaughTrial pic.twitter.com/yz4scxHh2a
— H24 NET (@H24Net) February 23, 2023
Additionally, Alex would not confirm if he had land deals that fell through around the time he stole settlements for Hakeem Pinckney and Arthur Badger.
Tensions rose after Alex instructed Waters to get through this line of questioning “quicker.” During his testimony, Alex said he was “embarrassed” when allegations of his fraud repeatedly surfaced during the double murder trial.
Waters responded, “I know you want to get through this quicker but we’re not. So answer the question.”
#AlexMurdaugh snapped at prosecutor Creighton Waters for refusing to move past the disgraced lawyer's financial crimes. "I know you want to get through this quicker, but we're not," Waters said to Murdaugh after he admitted to stealing his client's money. #MurdaughMurders pic.twitter.com/8UmIFKaSdG
— Law&Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork) February 23, 2023
Prosecutors said cell phone data and forensic evidence tie Alex to Maggie and Paul’s slayings. Meanwhile, Alex’s attorney, Dick Harpootlian, said the cell phone records were incomplete and asserted that Alex would be covered in blood if he killed his wife and son at close range. Harpootlian said no blood was found on Alex’s clothing.
In September 2021, months after Paul and Maggie’s slayings, Alex suffered superficial head wounds when he allegedly had former client Curtis Smith, 61, shoot him in the head so his surviving son, Buster, would receive a $10 million insurance payout.
A day before the shooting, Alex was forced out of his family law firm amid allegations he misappropriated funds.
Two days after the apparent botched suicide, Alex announced he was entering rehabilitation for drugs. Shortly thereafter, he was charged with insurance fraud in connection with the September 2021 suicide-for-hire plot and released on bail.
However, in October 2021, Alex was rearrested upon leaving a rehabilitation center in Florida for allegedly stealing $4.3 million from late housekeeper Gloria Satterfield’s estate. In that case, he was accused of stealing insurance payouts that were intended for Satterfield’s family. Authorities plan to exhume her body amid an ongoing investigation regarding her death.
In addition to the murder charges, Alex faces more than 100 criminal counts related to fraud.
In June 2022, Alex and Smith were indicted for allegedly purchasing and distributing oxycodone in multiple counties. In December 2022, Alex was indicted for tax evasion for allegedly failing to claim the $6 million he allegedly earned through illegal acts between 2011 and 2019.
Alex was charged with Maggie and Paul’s murders days after he was formally disbarred by the South Carolina Supreme Court.
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