By IVY BROWN Court TV
WALTERBORO, S.C. (Court TV) — Former attorney Alex Murdaugh is facing a new misdemeanor charge while on trial for the murders of his wife and youngest son.
On Saturday, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Murdaugh will be served with an arrest warrant following his double murder trial for “bringing contraband.”
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Authorities claim a court clerk handed Murdaugh a book that was passed from someone in his family.
The alleged incident occurred on Feb. 8, during day 11 of testimony. That same day, a bomb threat disrupted trial proceedings and forced the courthouse to evacuate.
Two days later, Murdaugh’s family was asked to move back a few rows inside the courtroom. They will not face charges, officials said.
An investigation revealed the bomb threat was called in by an inmate at the Ridgeland Correctional Institute in possession of a cellphone. Joey Coleman, 32, is currently serving a more than 30-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping. Authorities say “there is no apparent connect between Murdaugh and Coleman.”
Murdaugh’s defense team is currently wrapping their presentation of evidence and the trial could be in closing arguments by Tuesday or Wednesday.
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