Alex Murdaugh’s lawyers claim the clerk pressured jurors to travel to New York to appear alongside her on the Today Show – and she also signed a book deal as a result of his murder trial.
- Alex Murdaugh claims court clerk Rebecca Hill interfered with jurors
- Court documents say she told jurors not to be ‘deceived’ by Murdaugh at trial
- They also alleged that she “betrayed her oath of office for money and fame”.
Alex Murdaugh’s lawyers have appealed his conviction, saying the court clerk interfered in his trial – and even landed a book deal in the case.
The team filed a petition on behalf of the disgraced South Carolina attorney on Tuesday, claiming that Rebecca Hill had repeatedly “tampered with the jury.”
Court documents viewed by DailyMail.com indicate that Hill told jurors “not to be fooled by” Murdaugh, 55, and told them that “their deliberations should not take long”.
He said, “Ms. Hill did these things to get a book deal and media appearances that wouldn’t happen if the trial were misplaced. Ms. Hill betrayed her oath of office for money and fame.
Murdaugh’s legal team is expected to present its findings at a press conference later on Tuesday. He is currently serving two life sentences for the murders of Maggie and Paul.
The team filed a petition on behalf of the disgraced South Carolina attorney on Tuesday, claiming that Rebecca Hill repeatedly “tampered with the jury.”
Hill, who is in her first term as the court’s elected clerk, published a book, Behind the Doors of Justice: The Murdaugh Murders, about the trial in July.
Murdaugh’s attorneys are pushing for a new trial and also say Hill traveled to New York with jurors during their appearance on NBC’s Today Show.
NBC did not immediately respond when contacted by DaiylMail.com for a comment.
Hill also reportedly hosted a post-trial drink with members of the media and court staff, following Murdaugh’s double murder conviction.
The court documents add, “Ms. Hill had frequent private conversations with the foreman, a court-appointed replacement for the foreman the jury had chosen at Ms. Hill’s request.
“During the trial, Ms Hill asked the jurors for their opinion on the guilt or innocence of Mr Murdaugh.
‘MS. Hill made up a story about a Facebook post seeking to impeach a juror she believed could vote not guilty.