HAMPTON, S.C. (WSAV) – Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys are asking for a bond reduction, claiming the disbarred lawyer doesn’t have the money to pay the $7 million bail for the financial crimes he faces.
The motion from attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin asks the court to grant Murdaugh a “reasonable bond” with the special conditions already set forth by the court.
Back in December, Judge Alison Lee granted Murdaugh permission to go to a rehab facility in South Carolina, so long as he was able to post all $7 million.
“Mr. Murdaugh does not have seven million dollars or anything close to that amount. Mr. Murdaugh is a man who cannot pay his phone bill,” his lawyers argued.
“The Court’s order requiring a seven-million-dollar surety bond is tantamount to no bond at all,” the motion reads.
In December, Lee said she was ultimately concerned about Murdaugh’s relationships in the community, his alleged opiate addiction and mental health after the murders of his wife and son.
Harpootlian had immediately asked Lee to reconsider the bond, which she denied. The judge did, however, say she would entertain a request in the future.