Alex Murdaugh stands with his attorneys before he is found guilty on all counts for the murder of his wife and son at the Colleton County Courthouse on March 2, 2023 | Pool photo by Joshua Boucher.

Defense attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, who represent convicted killer Alex Murdaugh, recently filed a motion for a new trial based on evidence discovered after the previous trial, according to a news release. 

It is not clear how much detail they will provide, if any, about that evidence.  But they are set to go public Tuesday afternoon at a news conference on the new motion about their reasoning in requesting a new trial. It is set for 2:30 p.m. in Columbia.

In March, S.C. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman sentenced Murdaugh to two life sentences in prison for the killings of his wife and son. Murdaugh, meanwhile, has requested a change of plea hearing in his federal financial crimes case and recently lost phone privileges after an unauthorized recording for a documentary.

In other news:

CP NEWS: Polls open today for Senate 42 District primary. Facing off in the Sept. 5 Democratic primary for Senate 42 are S.C. Reps. Wendell Gilliard of Charleston, J.A. Moore of North Charleston and Deon Tedder, also of North Charleston.  Polls close at 7 p.m.

CP NEWS:  Remembering Jimmy Buffett.  Former City Paper Senior Editor Chris Dixon offered this moment of Earth Day zen in 2022 about singer Jimmy Buffett, who died Friday of a rare form of skin cancer..

CP ART: Impractical Jokers star to perform in North Charleston. New York-born comedian Joe Gatto, best known for his work on the hidden camera show Impractical Jokers, is performing Sept. 14 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

S.C. gas prices rise up again. The average price for a gallon of gasoline in South Carolina rose about 7 cents per gallon last week ahead of the Labor Day travel weekend, averaging $3.43 per gallon.

Nonprofit raises autism awareness, looking to build housing, retreat center. Charleston-based nonprofit Living Darshan is looking to increase autism awareness in the Lowcountry and to build a place where people with autism can feel safe.

Charleston Coast Guard working to prevent boating under the influence. Members of Coast Guard Station Charleston are busy patrolling the waterways, focusing on preventing boating under the influence.

Charleston Fire Department working to improve diversity. The Charleston Fire Department is inviting consultants to submit potential plans to improve diversity, equity and inclusion among its team members to provide guidance for better hiring, promotional and culture practices to attract, develop, and retain highly skilled and motivated individuals from within the community.

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