ALEX Murdaugh shocked many with his appearance in court, looking emaciated and thin since his murder trial.
The convicted murderer appeared in a South Carolina court Thursday morning looking very different since he was found guilty of murdering his wife and son.
Alex Murdaugh, 65, arrived at Beaufort County Court wearing a bright orange jumpsuit and handcuffs. The disgraced lawyer came in on a leash, surrounded by three debutantes.
As he stood in the courtroom, Murdaugh appeared to have lost weight.
Some noted on X (formerly known as Twitter) that he appeared to have aged since his first prison sentence.
“Poor quality photo, but Alex Murdaugh is in the Beaufort County courtroom. He seems to have aged, as if the familiar ghosts that visit him at night rob him of sleep,” wrote one X user.
Others found his prison clothing embarrassing and even dehumanizing.
“I don’t care WHO you are, it has to be more than humiliating to walk in a courtroom with your hands and feet bound with a waist belt, dressed in prison clothes and then hanging on a leash like a dog. I “I can’t imagine that,” wrote another user.
Murdaugh appeared before Judge Clifton Newman to set a court date for a trial related to his alleged $8.8 million fraud case.
During the livestream, Murdaugh’s attorney, South Carolina state Sen. Dick Harpootlian, claimed that his client would not receive a fair trial in the state.
“Where are you going to get a jury?” “Mars?” Harpootlian asked the judge.
“This case was tried and concluded six months ago … on national television,” he said, referring to the lawyer’s recent murder trial.
Disputes quickly arose between Judge Newman and Harpootlian.
The judge said he “does not assume based on speculation that a jury cannot be seated.”
“According to the law, you must first convene a jury,” he explained.
The judge set the trial date for November 27th for the alleged theft of $3.5 million.
Murdaugh is accused of stealing the estate of Gloria Satterfield, his family’s longtime maid who died in 2018.