More than six months after the wife and son of a prominent Hampton County attorney were gunned down at their family’s estate, their killings remain unsolved and no arrests in the case have been made. Meanwhile, the legal drama around Alex Murdaugh has only grown. On Friday, state Judge Alison Renee Lee of Richland County will oversee a new virtual bond hearing for Murdaugh on the multiple indictments of financial misconduct. More: AP News, WSAV, The HIlton Head Island Packet
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Episcopal church split in S.C. goes back to high court. The state Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that 29 Episcopal Church parishes that broke away from the church were to hand over their properties while seven breakaway churches could keep their properties. Now, arguments over the split have returned to the state’s highest court and may help clarify the 2017 decision. More: The Post and Courier
Police officers accused of speeding up training videos. The head of the state’s criminal justice academy said police officers from about 20 agencies around the state cheated on mandatory training on handling criminal domestic violence cases by speeding up the video. More: AP News
Juvenile prison chief asks for upgrades after youths escape. Department of Juvenile Justice Acting Director Eden Hendrick wrote a letter to a legislative committee saying the agency’s detention facility at Broad River Road needs emergency security and safety upgrades. The agency has also been plagued by understaffing. Several children in the high security building escaped their pods on Nov. 17 but officials say order was restored within 25 minutes. More: AP News
Haley releases new book online for GOP policy in 2022. American Strength: Conservative Solutions Worth Fighting For lays out a road map for conservative policies ahead of the 2022 election cycle. Former S.C. governor and former U.N. ambassador under President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley released the book, which features essays by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and other national GOP leaders. More: The Post and Courier, Yahoo News
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