In the age of live streamed court proceedings, the whole world is able to gain firsthand insight into some of the biggest legal trials today. The latest case to captivate the attention of the U.S. (and beyond) is that of Alex Murdaugh, the disgraced legal scion facing charges of murdering his son Paul and wife Maggie. In addition to being accused of the killings, Murdaugh has been involved in numerous other scandals and is facing over 100 criminal charges.
The situation has already become about as layered as can be, leaving some wondering what's going on. That said, is Murdaugh currently in jail or out on bond? Let's unpack the legal proceedings.
Is Alex Murdaugh in jail or out on bond?
Alex Murdaugh is currently being held without bond at a Richland County jail in South Carolina.
He has been imprisoned since October 2021.
Per the Independent, Murdaugh was shot in what appeared to be a botched hit attempt on Sept. 4, 2021. He survived and decided to enter rehab on Sept. 5, 2021, after revealing that he struggled with opioid addiction for 20 years.
However, on Sept. 13, 2021, Murdaugh confessed to orchestrating his own shooting as part of a life insurance fraud plot. Murdaugh and his associate Curtis Smith were arrested and charged.
Murdaugh was released on bond so that he could return to rehab. On Oct. 14, 2021, the disgraced heir was released from rehab and then promptly arrested again on charges of stealing funds from Gloria Satterfield's family.
For context, Satterfield worked as a housekeeper for the Murdaugh family before dying after tripping and falling at the Murdaugh estate. The family claimed that Murdaugh never paid them in the wrongful death lawsuit that they won.
By Nov. 19 of that same year, Murdaugh faced 30 counts related to the Satterfield wrongful death lawsuit.
For a slew of financial crimes, his bond was set at $7 million, and he was unable to make bail.
Then, on July 14, 2022, Murdaugh was officially brought up on two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime relating to the deaths of his wife and son. He agreed to be held without bond.
He pled not guilty, but the double-murder trial is still ongoing as of the time of this writing.