Attorney General responds to Murdaugh defense’s demands to release evidence

Dick Harpootlian, one of the defense attorneys for murder suspect Alex Murdaugh, is calling for prosecutors to release evidence in the case against him.
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 10:55 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 2:30 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Dick Harpootlian, one of the attorneys representing disbarred South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, held a news conference on Wednesday to talk about evidence in the murder case against his client.

Murdaugh is accused of killing his wife Maggie and youngest son Paul, who were found shot to death on the family’s Moselle hunting lodge property in June 2021.

Harpootlian held a news conference outside his Columbia office at 11 a.m. to discuss a recent motion asking a court to order South Carolina to comply with its obligations under court rules and case law to furnish discovery material.

Murdaugh’s defense team is trying to get a look at the evidence against him ahead of the trial, which is expected to begin after the first of the year. Harpootlian said it has been 32 days since he requested the evidence from the prosecutor’s office.

“I haven’t seen a shred of paper,” Harpootlian said. “This conduct is unprecedented. They’re hiding the ball.”

According to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, any delay in receiving the evidence is due largely to the defense counsel sending an edited version of the order to unseal the evidence after-hours on Friday. The state is ready to send discovery evidence, according to the Attorney General.

Harpootlian also claimed the Attorney General’s Office leaked information in the case.

Attorney General Alan Wilson called the accusation “categorically false.”

Wilson called the motion by Murdaugh’s defense, “a not unexpected but completely blatant attempt to create drama where formerly there was none.”