Alex Murdaugh’s best friend weeps on stand over betrayal as testimony concludes Thursday
Judge Clifton Newman sent the jury from the courtroom for a long break for a hearing to determine how much of Alex Murdaugh’s alleged financial crimes will be admitted at the trial.
Lead prosecutor Creighton Waters questioned Jeanne Seckinger, CFO of the Parker Law Group, about confronting Alex the day of the double murder.
After a discrepancy arose over $792,000 in missing settlement funds, Seckinger confronted Alex in his office June 7, 2021. She had already asked him about these funds several times.
“[Alex] was leaning on a file cabinet outside his office, and he turned to look at me as I came up and said, ‘What do you need now?’ and gave me a very dirty look,” recalled Seckinger, who had known Alex for 40 years. “We went in the office and closed the door, and I told him I had reason to believe he received the funds himself and that I needed proof that he had not.”
He assured her that the money was there, and he would get her documentation. The conversation was interrupted when Alex received a phone call that his father, Randolph Murdaugh III, was in the hospital and dying.
That afternoon, he called Seckinger again to ask how much money was in his 401k account. “He stated that he was working on some financials for the boat accident hearing later in the week,” she said.
That night, Seckinger heard that Alex’s son, Paul Murdaugh, and wife, Maggie Murdaugh, were brutally shot to death at Moselle.
The double murder halted the firm’s inquires into Alex’s finances and the boat wreck hearing scheduled later that week was canceled.
Parker Law Group was formerly called Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick law firm, which was founded by Alex Murdaugh’s great grandfather. The firm was renamed after Alex’s alleged crimes tarnished the Murdaugh name.