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Prosecutors and defense lawyers are making final preparations for next week’s blockbuster murder trial in Walterboro of disbarred lawyer Alex Murdaugh of Hampton County. Murdaugh is charged with the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul in June 2021.  He’s also facing dozens of charges in separate cases involving alleged financial improprieties.

Defense attorneys Dick Harpootlian, a Columbia state senator, and Jim Griffin of Columbia continue to file motions to throw out certain evidence and question the state’s handling of the murder investigation. Meanwhile, prosecutors have remained silent in the lead-up to the trial. 

The motions are expected to be taken up after state Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman has set a jury, which could be a tough task for Colleton County’s relatively small population, according to WCBD-TV

The trial is set to begin Monday in Walterboro, with many local and national news outlets converging in the town to cover the high-profile case.  

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“My father derived a true joy and happiness through public service. Growing up, we’d always have to take the phone off the hook during dinnertime because people he represented — and even those he didn’t represent — called nonstop for help and he helped!”

In other headlines:

College of Charleston wins 19th straight games. The Cougars won their 19th straight game Thursday against Monmouth. The win also made the Cougars the first team in NCAA Division I to get their 20th victory.

Topgolf opens in North Charleston. Topgolf opens its first Lowcountry location Friday, making it the third in the state behind Greenville and Myrtle Beach. The location includes 72 hitting bays, a mini golf course, shuffleboard, foosball, cornhole and TVs.

Record number of guns found in 2022 at S.C. airports. The Transportation Security Administration reported Jan. 19 it found 79 firearms across South Carolina carry-on bags in 2022, breaking the previous record of 72 set in 2021. Charleston International Airport reported the highest number with 32, followed by Greenville-Spartanburg International with 21.

JetBlue to continue nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Charleston. JetBlue Airways will resume nonstop service five times a week between Charleston International and Los Angeles International, starting Feb. 16.

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