Judge again denies bond for Alex Murdaugh

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Alex Murdaugh awaits the beginning of his bond hearing in the Richland Judicial Center in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. A judge in South Carolina denied bond for attorney Alex Murdaugh on the second set of charges he has faced since finding his wife and son dead last June. (AP Photo/Lewis M. Levine, Pool)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has ruled that prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh must stay in jail until his trial on insurance fraud charges.

Prosecutors say he stole $3.4 million meant for the sons of his housekeeper, who died in his home. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman initially denied bond, then asked Murdaugh’s lawyers to report on his mental condition.

Newman reviewed that report for weeks before denying bond again late Tuesday.

Murdaugh is accused in a separate fraud case of trying to arrange his own death so his son could get $10 million in insurance money.

The shooting deaths of his wife and other son remain unsolved.

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