alex murdaugh

More

CFO of Alex Murdaugh’s law firm says disgraced legal scion is gifted in the ‘art of bull****’

  • February 17, 2023

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

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

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,

Read the rest
More

Alex Murdaugh trial – live: Gunshot residue revealed after law firm partner confirms voice on kennel video

  • February 14, 2023

Alex Murdaugh’s alleged financial crimes will be presented to the jury at his murder trial, in a major blow to the disgraced former attorney’s case.

Judge Clifton Newman ruled on Monday that the evidence of Mr Murdaugh’s alleged financial fraud can be considered by the jury with regards to its role in establishing a motive.

Mr Murdaugh is accused of shooting dead his wife Maggie and son Paul at the kennels of the family’s vast hunting estate in Islandton, South Carolina, on 7 June 2021.

Separately, he is facing around 100 charges for stealing $8m in settlement money from clients at his law firm.

Until now, testimony about his alleged financial crimes was heard without jurors present.

Also on Monday – in the jury’s presence – the caretaker of Mr Murdaugh’s mother took the stand where she cast doubts on his alibi on the night of the murders.

Shelly Smith sobbed as she said that a “fidgety” Mr Murdaugh showed up late at his parents’ home that night and stayed for only 20 minutes. Days later, she said he told her to say he had been there for 30-40 minutes and offered to pay for her wedding.

Watch the trial LIVE

Alex Murdaugh murder trial

22:41 , Oliver O’Connell

Court adjourns for the day.

22:41 , Oliver O’Connell

The prosecution askes if the amount of GSR particles on the inside of the blue raincoat is consistent with a recently-fired gun being wrapped in it.

Ms Fletcher says yes.

No further questions.

Cross-examination of Ms Fletcher will begin at 9.30am on Wednesday morning.

22:36 , Oliver O’Connell

Ms Fletcher says with the number of GSR particles she found, if they were transferred from other objects, then those would have to have been covered in a significant amount of particles

Read the rest