The chief financial officer of Alex Murdaugh’s law firm said the disgraced legal scion was gifted in the ‘art of bull****’ and able to manipulate people.
Jeanne Seckinger told jurors in his double-murder trial Tuesday she confronted Murdaugh, 54, over $792,000 in stolen fees on the day Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, were killed.
She said Murdaugh was attempting to ‘hide assets’ in Maggie’s account to shield money from the lawsuit he was facing over a fatal boat crash in which Paul was driving under the influence.
Seckinger, who has known Murdaugh since high school, said he was equipped with ‘the gift of the gab’ – making him a successful personal injury lawyer – but that he also deployed this skill to mastermind massive fraud against his firm.
‘I think Alec was a successful lawyer more from his ability to establish a relationship and to manipulate people into settlements,’ she told jurors. ‘He did it through the art of bull**** basically.’
Jeanne Seckinger told jurors she confronted Murdaugh, 54, on the day of Maggie and Paul’s murders over $792,000 in stolen fees. She said Murdaugh was attempting to ‘hide assets’ in Maggie’s account to shield money from the lawsuit he was facing over a fatal fatal boat crash in which Paul was driving under the influence
Murdaugh chewed on gum and took notes as Seckinger delivered her withering testimony about how he stole from the firm
Seckinger described how he would ‘use the emotions of his case and the emotion of his clients’ to secure higher settlements.
‘Things were manipulated and set up and I believe he did that with his clients as well,’ she told the court.
Seckinger told the court: ‘I don’t think I ever really knew [Murdaugh]. I don’t think anybody really did.’
The CFO described how,