State Opens Probe of Alleged Jury-Tampering in Murdaugh Case

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South Carolina authorities are officially looking into allegations of jury tampering in Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial—days after his defense team accused a court clerk of influencing the panel toward a conviction.

State Attorney General Alan Wilson said he asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to investigate the bombshell claims from Murdaugh’s lawyers that Colleton County clerk of court Rebecca Hill tampered with the 12-person jury during the February trial.

In a 65-page motion for a new trial filed on Tuesday, defense attorneys accuse Hill of advising jurors “not to believe Murdaugh’s testimony and other evidence presented by the defense, pressuring them to reach a quick guilty verdict, and even misrepresenting critical and material information to the trial judge in her campaign to remove a juror she believed to be favorable to the defense.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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