Colleton County Courthouse, Walterboro, S.C.

Defense lawyers for accused murderer Alex Murdaugh will ask Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman to make a pair of key rulings before testimony begins. If successful, the decisions could strike out a massive amount of evidence.

Today is the second day of the trial in Colleton County where jury selection continues.

Meanwhile, prosecutors want to present a substantial amount of evidence of Murdaugh’s behavior, alleging that he killed his wife and son to prevent his other wrongdoings from being uncovered. But the defense doesn’t want the judge to admit this evidence, contending the prosecutor’s are trying to smear Murdaugh, according to Associated Press

Defense lawyers also want to convince Newman to refuse to admit evidence that authorities said would show blood from his son spattered on Murdaugh’s shirt, which apparently was destroyed before the defense could test it and the expert who examined the shirt changed his conclusions.

In other headlines:

FDA outlines annual Covid booster. Ahead of a scientific meeting Thursday, federal officials announced a plan to launch annual fall vaccines for Covid in the same manner as the flu.

Early voting begins for empty Charleston Co. board seat. Early voting began Monday for a vacant seat on the Charleston County School Board of Trustees for District 6.

New business park slated for Mount Pleasant. Charlotte-based developer Cameron Property Co., an affiliate of Madison Capital Group wants to build three buildings on about 60 acres that will serve as flexible space with offices in the front and storage or showrooms in the rear.

Bridge in West Ashley to be replaced. As part of the West Ashley Greenway Plan, the current Long Creek bridge is undergoing a two-month long replacement to an eight-foot wide aluminum bridge.

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