Lawyers petition the Supreme Court to reverse a judge’s decision to keep Murdaugh imprisoned.
WCBD – RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. – Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys have petitioned the South Carolina Supreme Court to reverse a judgment that would keep their client incarcerated.
On Monday, Circuit Judge Clifton Newman refused release for Alex Murdaugh for the second time, citing the findings of a court-ordered mental examination.
The assessment was ordered following Murdaugh’s appearance in a Richland County courthouse on October 19th on accusations of acquiring property by false pretenses coming from Murdaugh allegedly receiving millions of dollars in a wrongful death case involving their maid, Gloria Satterfield.
“After reviewing counsel’s arguments, the assessment presented, pending charges and other investigations, and the defendant’s apparent character and mental state, the court concludes that the defendant is a threat to both himself and the community,” Judge Newman said in his ruling.
Murdaugh’s legal team is now requesting that the Supreme Court issue a judgement allowing Murdaugh to be freed from the Richland County prison where he is being kept.
Murdaugh was detained while getting drug treatment at a Florida facility.
The outcomes of the mental examination will be kept confidential.
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