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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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