Judge to consider lowering $7M bond for Alex Murdaugh

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FILE – Alex Murdaugh walks into his bond hearing, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C. Murdaugh is scheduled for a virtual hearing Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 as a judge could consider lowering the $7 million bond she set last month. Prosecutors have accused the prominent South Carolina attorney of stealing more than $6.2 million from about a dozen clients between 2015 and 2020 by using a fraudulent bank account to divert settlement and other money to himself. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh is scheduled for a virtual hearing Monday as a judge could consider lowering the $7 million bond she set last month.

Prosecutors have accused Murdaugh of stealing more than $6.2 million from clients by funneling the cash through a fraudulent bank account. His lawyers say Murdaugh has no money anymore and can’t afford the $7 million bond.

He’s been jailed since his arrest in October, and a different judge in a civil suit froze his assets in November.

Murdaugh’s legal troubles began after his wife and son were found shot dead outside a family home last summer. Their killings remain unsolved.

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