A South Carolina judge on Monday said he would decide whether to reduce the $ 7 million bond to Alex Murdog, a disgraced lawyer who allegedly stole $ 6.2 million from several former clients, including a highway patrolman, a quadriplegic man and sons. Of his late housekeepers.
Dick Harpootlian, one of Murdog’s attorneys, argued that his client was not a flight risk and no longer a danger to anyone because “the tools he used to steal money from these people were no longer available to him.”
One of Murdog’s victims, South Carolina Highway Patrolman Thomas Moore, said Murdog was “always very good” after he suffered a devastating neck injury while on duty, but lawyers seized $ 125,000 in settlement funds. .
“There is a problem here. They treated me very well and they stole every dime I ever had from the injury,” Moore told the judge Monday.
Murdog’s legal troubles began in June after his youngest son and wife were shot in the family’s Coleton County estate.
On Labor Day weekend months later, Murdog hired his oldest son, Buster Murdog, to shoot a former client to raise a $ 10 million life insurance policy.
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After attempting suicide, Murdog spent weeks in rehabilitation centers in Georgia and Florida for opioid addiction, and in October he was arrested for allegedly stealing $ 3.4 million from the sons of his late housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield. At the Murdog house in 2018.
Eric Bland, who represents Satterfield’s sons, said Monday that his clients want to make sure Murdog “clearly doesn’t try to take his life as he did in early September.”
“I think they have the answers to how all this happened and who was involved,” Bland told the judge.
Justin Bromberg, a lawyer for Murdaugh’s alleged victims, said he would take issue with the idea that Murdog would not run away if he got out of bond.
“The idea was that Alex Murdog never tried to flee – it was a twisted view of reality here. Suicide was the ultimate attempt to flee,” Bromberg told the judge.
“The money that was stolen and stolen from them was not just fun, it was not ‘I’m going to go to Las Vegas.’
Defense lawyers argued that the $ 7 million bond was effectively no bond because Murdog was broken.
“Mr. Murdough does not have $ 7 million or anything close to that amount,” his defense attorney wrote in a filing last week. “Mr. Murdag is a man who can’t pay his phone bill.”
The deaths of Murdog’s son and wife remain unsolved and insulting lawyers claim he has nothing to do with his murders.
Judge Lee takes the arguments “under advisement” and makes a written ruling at a later date.