PMPED CFO Alex Murdaugh testified Thursday morning that he confronted him about financial discrepancies the day his wife and son were killed
The CFO of Alex Murdaugh’s law firm testified Thursday in his double murder trial that he confronted the disbarred attorney about financial discrepancies the morning his wife and son were killed.
The testimony of the CFO of the firm that used to be called PMPED was heard Thursday morning without the jury present, as the judge considers whether to allow evidence of Murdaugh’s alleged schemes for which he faces 99 charges.
Prosecutors indicated in pretrial filings they believed Murdaugh killed his wife, Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh and his 22-year-old son Paul Murdaugh to distract attention from those alleged crimes, which the state contends were about to come to light when they were killed on June 7, 2021.
On Thursday she testified that the legal fees should have been sent to the law firm and not individual attorneys, after the ousting of Murdaugh.
Seckinger testified she confronted Murdaugh on June 7 and told him she had reason to believe he had received the funds himself and that he needed to prove to her he had not.
Thursday’s session ended with attorney Mark Tinsley on the stand. A boat owned by Murdaugh and driven by Paul crashed and killed a 19-year- old girl in February of 2019.
The conversation occurred in September 2021, three months after the deaths of Murdaugh’s wife and son and after Murdaugh’s law firm said it had discovered extensive financial wrongdoing.
But the June 10 hearing was canceled after Maggie and Paul’s deaths, Seckinger said Thursday, and the firm opted not to confront Murdaugh about the missing money.
“Alex was distraught and upset and not in the office much” after the killings, Seckinger said. “And nobody wanted to harass him about nothing that we thought was really missing, when we had several months till the end of the year to clear it up. So we were not going to harass him at that point in time.”
Murdaugh’s murders and a friend of Paul, in South Carolina, are related to a conversation between Waters and Seckinger
The attorney general’s office says that Murdaugh faces 99 charges stemming from 19 grand jury indictments, including allegations of defrauding his clients and former law firm of nearly $9 million.
The defense argued that the fraud cases weren’t relevant to the question of what Murdaugh did to his wife and son. A defense attorney argued that the evidence could be added to the trial.
But Creighton Waters of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office – which is prosecuting the case due to the Murdaugh family’s decades-old ties with the local solicitor’s office – indicated to the judge the state hoped to focus on “just a few areas” most closely connected to the case.
There are two things that are related to this crime. Waters said there was a confrontation over missing fees with Ms. Seckinger that morning. “And number two, is that pending hearing that very week in the boat case.”
“The defense asked the question, can you think of any reason?” Waters said, referring to the defense’s cross-examination of a friend of Paul’s Wednesday who was asked if he could think of any reason why Murdaugh might commit the murders. The friend said he couldn’t.
“And all of this going on in his life, which is a stellar series of events like nothing ever seen,” Waters said. “It is certainly relevant for the jury to consider when they consider the perfect storm that was arriving for this man on June the 7th.”
Prosecutors also have presented evidence that Murdaugh had opportunity to commit the murders. Audio from a Snapchat video recovered from his son’s phone places Murdaugh at the murder scene, prosecutors contend, contrary to his alibi to investigators that he was not there that night.
The checks ultimately played a key role in Murdaugh’s law firm’s discovery that he had been misappropriating funds, according to testimony from his coworkers.
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Seckinger said the firm decided not to announce Alex’s resignation until after the beginning of the following week.
Before that could happen, however, Seckinger testified she heard Murdaugh had been shot while on the side of the road. Murdaugh later told authorities that he tried to kill him to make sure his son wouldn’t get a $10 million life insurance payment.
An attorney who said he was Alex Murdaugh’s best friend testified at his murder trial Thursday that Murdaugh admitted he had a drug addiction and had been stealing money from his law firm and clients.
Wilson’s testimony comes three weeks into the murder trial for the killings of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh on June 7, 2021. Alex Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and two weapons charges.
There is not a single piece of evidence that links Murdaugh to the murders. Instead, prosecutors have offered circumstantial evidence, such as the gunshot primer residue found on Murdaugh’s clothes and on a blue raincoat, and the financial motive.
“They’ve got a whole lot more evidence about financial misconduct than they do about evidence of guilt in a murder case. And that’s what this is all about,” defense lawyer Jim Griffin said last week.
Michael Satterfield testified about how Murdaugh offered to file a claim against his insurance company for money to be given to the boys. However, Satterfield did not see any of that money and did not know Murdaugh had collected more than $4 million in settlements, he testified.
Michael Satterfield testified that he was defrauded by Murdaugh.
Satterfield said that his family heard about the settlement from media reports. Murdaugh told him it was still making progress and that they would be ready to move by the end of the year.
The Trial of Murdaugh, the CFO of a Mortgage-Loan Account, in an Overdrawn Debate to Palmetto State Bank
The CEO of the local bank that Murdaugh belonged to testified for the jury that the account was overdrawn by around 350,000 dollars. As of August 2021, Murdaugh had a total debt to the bank of $4.2 million, according to Palmetto State Bank CEO Jan Malinowski.
On Thursday, the prosecution asked Tinsley about how that lawsuit was proceeding. He testified he was seeking $10 million from Murdaugh, but was told Murdaugh was broke and might only be able to come up with $1 million. Tinsley was not cross-examined Thursday and is expected to resume his testimony Friday morning.
The CFO said they were not going to harass him about money when they were concerned about his mental state and family being killed.
Indeed, that “day of reckoning” didn’t come for another three months, when his law firm again confronted him about misappropriated funds, leading to his resignation, a bizarre murder-for-hire and insurance scam plot, a stint in rehab, dozens of financial crimes, his disbarment and, ultimately, the murder charges.