‘He’s gonna steal from anyone’: suspected victim blows up Murdaugh in bail hearing
HAMPTON, SC (WSAV) – How much is Alex Murdaugh’s bail cost?
That’s the question a South Carolina judge is debating after a virtual bond hearing on Monday.
Most of the hearing was focused on money – if Murdaugh had any and if his bond needed to be lowered.
Judge Alison Lee previously set his bail at $ 7 million for the 48 financial crimes charges (47 felonies) he faced, ranging from fraud, counterfeiting and computer crimes, to money laundering and more. again, and includes 47 crimes. His lawyers say the amount is “ridiculous” because there is no way Murdaugh can pay it.
“Your Honor, I would ask you to set a bond that would allow him to pay 10%, because if he doesn’t, he will have to borrow it from his family,” said Dick Harpootlian, Murdaugh’s attorney. “And, of course, if he doesn’t show up, they lose that money.”
Harpootlian tried to argue that Murdaugh had no assets available. He brought in John Lay, one of the attorneys in charge of securing all of Murdaugh’s money and property.
Lay explained that Murdaugh only has three bank accounts he knows of, totaling $ 10,000.
There is also a $ 2.1 million retirement account in Alex’s name, but Harpootlian and Lay have made it clear that the receivership would object to him liquidating or withdrawing money from that account. without their approval.
Harpootlian, with Murdaugh himself practically present, explained that his client owns four plots of land in Berkeley County and a beach house in Edisto, as well as the Moselle property. Nothing he would be able to sell at the moment, the lawyer said.
Creighton Waters of the South Carolina attorney general’s office said the $ 7 million bond is expected to remain intact. Waters says Murdaugh is the sole beneficiary of his wife Maggie’s estate, which includes the sprawling over 150-acre Moselle property on which she and her son Paul were killed.
Waters added that Alex could also potentially make “seven figures” from his father Randolph Murdaugh’s estate.
He said the investigation shows Murdaugh paid more than $ 2 million in stolen money from victims, much of that money went unrecorded.
Waters also spoke about phone calls to prison – only one on the last day that shows Murdaugh still doesn’t care about the money. He’s talked about paying for golf trips for friends and telling people he’ll pay for them when he gets out, ”according to Waters.
“He talks about this retirement account all the time,” he added. “Speaking of ‘I can borrow against this, but I don’t want to have more interest and penalties and we have to make sure that creditors can’t access it.'”
“Speaking of ‘Go spend this, go spend that. I’m going to pay back that other parent who loaned me money,” Waters said. “So he’s not a man who cares about spending money. money. He is also a man who by his own action and his own words, apparently successfully, acts as if he has assets under his control.
State prosecutors and lawyers representing alleged victims believe that if Murdaugh is released on bail, he poses not only a threat to himself but to the entire community.
Harpootlian says the claims are bogus and without his lawyer’s license, which is currently suspended, Murdaugh no longer has the tools to make money with legal clients.
Waters says several victims have claimed to have been threatened, and if Murdaugh is released he could still pose a threat to victims who have spoken out or brought charges against the disgraced South Carolina lawyer.
One of Murdaugh’s alleged victims and former clients, State Soldier Thomas Moore, said the lawyer took over $ 100,000 from his injury settlement and left him with medical bills and no money to cover the costs.
Moore, who was injured after being hit during a traffic stop, hired Murdaugh to represent him in order to win a settlement to cover medical bills.
Moore alleges he received bad financial advice and gave the check for $ 100,000 to Murdaugh, who immediately cashed the check and placed it in a personal account, instead of giving it to the law firm from the Murdaugh family.
“I have nothing personal against Mr. Murdaugh – he’s a nice guy,” Moore explained. “But the point is, he’s been so nice to me and so helpful to me, that if he wants to steal my money from which I have to pay my own medical bills to survive financially, he’s going to steal from anyone.”
After nearly two hours of testifying, Lee said she would review the evidence and make a written decision on whether to lower Murdaugh’s bail.
The judge did not provide a timeline for the decision.