Alex Murdaugh, who was convicted of murder entered a guilty plea Friday to state financial charges .
A plea deal between the state and defense teams was revealed after an extended delay of a pretrial hearing, which was initially meant to discuss a “change of venue” motion and other issues related to Murdaugh’s upcoming state financial trials in Beaufort County.
Murdaugh faces numerous state charges in alleged schemes to defraud clients. The financial crimes he is accused of include embezzlement, computer crime, money laundering and tax evasion.
The agreement, if approved by Judge Clifton Newman, would see Murdaugh spend a total of 27 years in a South Carolina state prison. Newman has scheduled a sentencing hearing for November 28th.
Judge Newman recused himself from hearing any post-trial motions related to Murdaugh’s murder case.
No decision has been made on whether Murdaugh will receive a new trial.
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