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Alex Murdaugh Coverage

The Murdaugh family saga has dominated the news after another shooting, a resignation and criminal accusations — with Alex Murdaugh at the center of it all. Here are the latest updates on Alex Murdaugh.

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The Alex Murdaugh murder trial resumed Friday morning with testimony from the lawyer who was suing the former Lowcountry attorney over a fatal 2019 boat crash before Murdaugh’s wife and son were murdered.

Attorney Mark Tinsley testified that he feared he would not be able to continue with a lawsuit brought on behalf of Mallory Beach, the young woman who died in a boat crash involving Murdaugh’s son, Paul. He said he initially believed the shootings might have happened in retaliation for Beach’s death, and thought it would generate too much sympathy for Murdaugh among a potential jury.

You have to motivate the jury to help somebody in a civil case,” Tinsley said. “If Alex is the victim of vigilante justice, it doesn’t matter what he did, nobody is going to hold him accountable.”

Tinsley, a 52-year-old lawyer from Allendale, was the 43rd prosecution witness so far of the 15-day trial in which Murdaugh is accused of the June 7, 2021, murders of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22.

A hearing was scheduled for three days after the shooting that Tinsley believed could have given him access to Murdaugh’s financial information. Prosecutors contend that such a move could have revealed alleged financial crimes and thefts committed by Murdaugh, motivating him to commit the murders in hopes of delaying such a revelation.

Defense attorney Phil Barber briefly cross-examined Tinsley Friday, pointing out Tinsley previously testified he expected there would be “no explosion on June 10” at the hearing.

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FTX founder keeps talking, ignoring typical legal strategy

NEW YORK (AP) — For federal prosecutors, Sam Bankman-Fried could be the gift that keeps on giving.

After the November collapse of FTX, the cryptocurrency exchange he founded in 2019, Bankman-Fried unexpectedly gave a series of interviews intended to present his version of events. He was indicted in December and charged with perpetrating one of the biggest frauds in U.S. history — and he’s still talking, either in person or on the internet.

The atypical chattiness for a criminal defendant is likely causing Bankman-Fried’s attorneys to scratch their heads, or worse. Prosecutors can use any statements, tweets or other communications against him at his trial, which is scheduled for October.

“Prosecutors love when defendants shoot their mouths off,” said Daniel R. Alonso, a former federal prosecutor who is now a white-collar criminal defense attorney. If Bankman-Fried’s public comments before trial can be proven false during the trial, it may undermine his credibility with a jury, he said.

Bankman-Fried returned to Manhattan federal court on Thursday for a hearing into whether his bail package will be altered to prevent witness tampering. Prosecutors say he sent an encrypted message over the Signal texting app on Jan. 15 to the general counsel of FTX US, a likely witness for the government.

Lawyers were scheduled to submit more information to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan by Monday before he makes a decision about the bail package. Bankman-Fried has been confined with electronic monitoring to his parents’ home in Palo Alto, California, since December.

Before its collapse, FTX was the world’s second-largest crypto exchange and Bankman-Fried, 30, was its CEO and a billionaire several times over, at least on paper. Celebrities and politicians alike vouched for FTX and its founder, and Bankman-Fried was considered a leading figure in the crypto world.

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