Convicted double murderer Alex Murdaugh testified emotionally Feb. 23 during his trial in the Colleton County Courthouse | Pool photo by Joshua Boucher

Convicted murderer and former attorney Alex Murdaugh has been charged for the first time by federal prosecutors accusing him of more than 20 financial crimes, including 14 counts of money laundering, five counts of wire fraud, two counts of conspiring to commit fraud and one count of bank fraud.

“Trust in our legal system begins with trust in its lawyers,” U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs told WCSC-TV. “South Carolinians turn to lawyers when they are at their most vulnerable, and in our state, those who abuse the public’s trust and enrich themselves by fraud, theft, and self-dealing will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Meanwhile, alleged Murdaugh conspirator Cory Fleming is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in federal court Thursday. Fleming is accused of working with Murdaugh in defrauding the estate of Murdaugh’s former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, for more than $4.3 million.

CP OPINION: Emulate the calm intensity of Luther Reynolds

“Just about anytime you encountered Reynolds, you’d get the “treatment” — a penetrating, full throttle focus of his attention on you. Despite his title and power, his warm, purposeful gaze magnetically pulled the two of you together, opening communication on anything from the weather to an important community issue.”

In other headlines:

CP: Baxter quintet to jazz up Spoleto. Charleston’s own percussionist extraordinaire brings the Quentin Baxter Quintet to the Spoleto Festival USA for a May 27 performance at the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard, marking his seventh appearance at the festival. Baxter will be joined by Charlton Singleton (trumpet), Mark Sterbank (tenor sax), Demetrius Doctor (keyboards) and Rodney Jordan (bass). Meanwhile, Rwandan women drummers celebrate the lives of those lost in genocide in their Spoleto dance performance. 

CP: Shell makes waves in Charleston culinary community. Chef Marcus Shell of 39 Rue de Jean moved to Charleston a little less than three years ago and has already made some big moves in the city’s culinary scene. So far, he’s participated in the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston Wine + Food and was named one of the 2023 South Carolina Chef Ambassadors.

Charleston secures land for nearly 60-acre park. The city of Charleston plans to convert a narrow strip of land on either side of Ashley Hall Road in West Ashley into a nearly 60-acre park thanks to help from the Charleston County Greenbelt fund and a donation of property from real estate firm The Beach Co.

MUSC sending equipment, supplies to African hospital. The Medical University of South Carolina is looking to offer a helping hand to Mercy Hospital in Sierra Leone. The hospital is sending a 40-foot shipping container to the hospital full of equipment and supplies. Mercy hospital currently only has 50 hospital beds and two operating room suites.

S.C. Aquarium makes big economic impact, study finds. The S.C. Aquarium’s annual economic impact has climbed to nearly $414 million, a 46% increase compared to a decade ago, according to a new study. The total statewide impact has grown by more than $130 million since the previous study conducted in 2013.

Charleston Co. superintendent delivers State of the Schools address. Charleston County superintendent Don Kennedy delivered a State of the Schools speech Wednesday that covered the district’s achievements, goals and his future as superintendent. Among other matters discussed among CCSD officials were an update on the finalists for the superintendent search and preserving the Morningside Middle School building

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