Judge denies Alex Murdaugh new murder trial following jury tampering claims

A South Carolina judge on Monday denied Alex Murdaugh’s request for a new double-murder trial following a daylong hearing that looked into claims a court clerk had improperly influenced the jury. 

All 12 jurors testified that they stood by their guilty verdicts, with only one, Juror Z, testifying that they were swayed by Rebecca Hill’s comments. 

Alex Murdaugh, convicted of killing his wife, Maggie, and younger son, Paul, sits during a hearing on a motion for a retrial, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at the Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, S.C. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP, Pool)

Judge Jean Toal ruled that even if Hill told jurors to “watch [Murdaugh’s] actions” and to “watch him closely” on the stand, it did not take away from the validity of their verdict. 

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