COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — Alex Murdaugh was back in a Colleton County courtroom Friday for the first time in more than a month as his defense team tries to make sure evidence of his financial schemes never reaches a jury.

Alex himself walked into court with more hair than at previous hearings and was seemingly confident that his attorney’s arguments about blood spatter and financial crime evidence would potentially sway a judge.

“We believe forensics will show that whoever shot Paul Murdaugh and basically blew his head off would be covered in blood not just spattered,” one of Alex’s attorneys, Dick Harpootlian said.

Alex’s legal team got a victory in the first motion of the day. They will get more evidence connected to the alleged blood spatter from paul on Alex’s shirt the night of the murders.

They say the shirt was “destroyed” by investigators testing it for that spatter and the defense team cannot test it.

There were also questions if Paul’s blood was on it at all. Then the issue turned to motive and if prosecutors could use Alex’s alleged financial crimes and the attempt to cover them all up as the reason he killed Maggie and Paul Murdaugh in June 2021.

“A lot of people assume this was a murder case and there was some white collar thrown in there,” said Creighton Waters, with the South Carolina General’s Office. “We realize now this was a white-collar case with two murders thrown in there.”

“He gave a great opening closing whatever argument he wants to give to a jury that points or paints Mr. Murdaugh as a bad guy,” one of Alex’s attorneys, Jim Griffin said. “Their theory is to take himself away from being scrutinized in financial misdealings he puts himself in a murder investigation.”

Judge Clifton Newman said he wants to make sure all sides of the issue are heard. He will rule on the remaining motions argued today in the next few weeks.

The one thing that apparently will not be in the courtroom during trial is a picture of Alex’s grandfather longtime solicitor Buster Murdaugh.

Both sides agreed that it would be taken off the wall before a jury is seated.