Convicted murderer Alex Mordeau has completed his evaluation at a South Carolina state prison and is now in a maximum security facility, but authorities won’t say which one.
According to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Corrections, “Murdo, 54, has been transferred to the statewide protective custody unit at a maximum security prison in South Carolina.”
The decision to move Mordo into protective custody on Thursday followed a recommendation from the Protective Detention Review Board. His case was evaluated at the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia.
The disgraced attorney will be kept out of the general population due to “proven precautionary concerns.” The four-member board considers security, mental health and classification before making its decisions.
The South Carolina Department of Corrections does not disclose the exact location of prisoners in protective custody for their own safety. There are six maximum security prisons in the state.
A smiling Alex Mordo appears with a shaved head in a new snap from prison, days after he was found guilty of killing his wife and son. The new target was to replace an out-of-focus photo taken on March 3 (right) when he was taken to the Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Center.
Murdau will be housed with 28 other prisoners “in one cell of eight by ten containing a bed, toilet and sink.” The SCDC said his privileges would not differ from other prisoners.
This comes after many raised concerns about Murdo’s potential impact on the judiciary stemming from years of working within the state’s legal domain.
Prosecutors said Murdaugh killed his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, in their home in June 2021, shooting them with two different weapons, cleaning up the space, then driving to visit his ailing mother before calling 911 and saying he had discovered the bodies.
After a six-week trial, Mardo was sentenced to life in prison. ‘I am innocent. I will not hurt my wife, Maggie. ‘I would never harm my son, Paul,’ he told Judge Clifton Newman after his conviction.
The six maximum security prisons in South Carolina are located in five counties, two in Richland, with the other being Grenville, Lee, McCormick and Dorchester, according to reports. the state.
On the same day that Murdaugh was sent to his new home, reports emerged indicating that law enforcement was eyeing two new potential suspects in the 2015 killing of 19-year-old Stephen Smith in Hampton County.
Smith was related to the Mordo family, particularly the eldest son, Buster.
Local news site Fits the news He named the two people as Patrick Wilson and Sean Connelly, both 25 years old, citing sources from the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement.
DailyMail.com has reached out to SLED for comment on the new findings. Steven Smith was found dead in the middle of a two-lane road in Hampton County on July 8, 2015. He was found a short distance from his car with his gas cap removed and his wallet in it.
Kirkland Correctional Center will be Mordo’s grim new home for the next few weeks as he undergoes evaluation of where he will be sent permanently.
This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections, shows the new death sentence at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina
Kirkland, where Mordo is evaluated, is one of the most popular facilities in South Carolina. Far from being safe within the fortified prison walls, prisoners like Murdo are under constant threat from murderers, sex offenders, and armed robbers they call the neighbours.
The shocking absence of law and order inside the so-called correctional facility was highlighted in 2017 when two inmates strangled four others after luring the victims into their cell with promises of drugs and cookies.
The killings were carried out by Denver Simmons, who was jailed for killing a mother and her son, and colleague Jacob Phillip, who was convicted of strangling his girlfriend and her eight-year-old daughter.
Their motive: The husband wanted to be put on death row because they were tired of life in a hell prison.
One by one, they lured their four victims back to their cell, then used a broom and an electric cord as weapons to beat and strangle them, hiding the bodies behind a curtain on their bed. Then Simmons and Phillip calmly walked to the guard post and confessed.
Kirkland inmates have also been known to stage horrific crimes outside from within their cells.
Two years ago, armed robber Harvester Jackson used a contraband cell phone to orchestrate the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend in Columbia, South Carolina.
Prosecutors alleged that Jackson was in Kirkland serving a 10-year prison sentence when he ordered four accomplices to shoot up the victim’s home. His ex-girlfriend, who survived the assassination attempt, told investigators this wasn’t the first time Jackson had ordered an attack from behind bars.
Kirkland’s notorious reputation was also highlighted by a recent report which found it had the highest death rate of any prison in South Carolina. Between 2015 and 2021, 160 inmates died at the state-run institution.
In second place was Broad River Correctional Institution, which is a stone’s throw from Kirkland and could have been Mordo’s residence. There were 101 deaths at Broad River, which holds medium- and high-security prisoners, during the six-year period.
Kirkland is where the vast majority of South Carolina’s male prisoners are sent for the first time after their convictions