Former lawyer Alex Murdaugh filed an official alibi Thursday ahead of his January double murder trial in Colleton County. The alibi contradicts a prosecutor’s assertion that Murdaugh fatally shot his wife and son before leaving the family’s Moselle property the night of June 7, 2021.

According to news reports, the filing is three paragraphs long and reiterates Murdaugh’s defense claims that he was not present at the time of the killings. According to the filing, Murdaugh left the property to visit his mother in Varnville and spoke to several people on the phone, including his son, brother, sister-in-law, a Bamberg attorney and a farmhand. The document said Murdaugh returned home just over an hour after visiting his mother to find the bodies of his wife and son, Maggie and Paul Murdaugh. The double murder trial will be held Jan. 23 in Walterboro.

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‘Tis the season to be careful of scams. State and local officials in South Carolina have issued warnings to individuals and businesses for the increased potential of scams. Some have targeted businesses claiming to sell certificates of existence, while others target those who have loved ones in jail. Best thing to do? Just hang up.

Trident Tech extends free tuition. Trident Technical College announced that it will extend its tuition-free initiative for another academic year. The initiative applies to all programs of study and university transfer programs.

Park commemorates Black Charleston church. Shiloh Park opened in Charleston’s West Side, providing visitors insight into the neighborhood’s history. The park is named after Shiloh African Methodist Episcopal Church, which stood at the site for over 130 years.

Charleston Presbyterian church wall falls down. A portion of a wall at Charleston’s Second Presbyterian Church fell down Nov. 17. Fortunately, a barricade was put up in the spring in anticipation of the wall’s failure. No one was hurt and nothing was reported damaged.

Teacher vacancies in S.C. hit record high. Teacher vacancies across the state have hit a record high since 2021. There was a 39% increase in vacancies at the start of the 2022-23 school year, according to the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. School districts fell nearly 1,500 teachers short of their desired goal.

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