Judge rejects Alex Murdaugh’s bid for new trial

Alex Murdaugh, left, and Russell Laffitte, right, appear in electronic snaps. (South Carolina Department of Corrections; Kershaw County Detention Center)

A federal judge has given an update on the parole of convicted double murderer Alex Murdaugh in an opinion released this week – and found it missing.

In late November 2022, Russell Laffitte, the former CEO of Palmetto State Bank, was found guilty by a jury of six separate financial crimes, including bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and a misuse of bank funds. Jurors found that $680,000 of those funds had been paid directly to Murdaugh’s former law firm and $1.25 million had been illegally loaned to Murdaugh himself.

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