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FBI mention of van der Sloot led to failed polygraph test

staticwire | April 3, 2024

In a shocking turn of events, convicted killer Alex Murdaugh’s defense team is claiming that an FBI polygraph examiner asked strange and irrelevant questions during Murdaugh’s test, throwing the results into question and jeopardizing his plea deal in federal court. The defense team alleges that the examiner mentioned testing notorious Dutch killer Joran van der Sloot just before administering the polygraph to Murdaugh, creating an atmosphere of bias and confusion.

Murdaugh, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife and son, has denied any involvement in their deaths but has admitted to embezzling millions of dollars due to a drug addiction. The disagreement over the polygraph test arises as Murdaugh is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court for the thefts.

Prosecutors have raised concerns about the results of the polygraph test, arguing that Murdaugh was not truthful about the whereabouts of the stolen money and potential accomplices in the scheme. They have petitioned to revoke the plea deal that would have allowed Murdaugh to serve his federal sentence concurrently with his state sentence for murder and financial crimes.

Murdaugh’s attorneys have pushed back against the prosecution’s allegations, citing irregularities in the polygraph process and questioning the integrity of the results. They argue that the examiner’s mention of van der Sloot and his personal beliefs about Murdaugh’s innocence cast doubt on the validity of the test.

Furthermore, the defense team asserts that they were not given sufficient time to review the prosecution’s claims and analyze the polygraph results with their own expert. They are urging the sentencing judge to disregard the polygraph results and focus on the facts of the case.

Meanwhile, the pre-sentencing report recommends a substantial prison sentence of 17.5 to nearly 22 years for Murdaugh on the federal charges. Prosecutors are seeking the maximum penalty in light of the alleged breach of the plea deal and have requested that certain statements, including the polygraph results, be kept confidential to protect an ongoing investigation.

As the sentencing hearing approaches, the courtroom drama surrounding Alex Murdaugh’s case continues to unfold. The fate of the disgraced lawyer hangs in the balance as legal arguments and accusations fly back and forth between the prosecution and defense teams.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story as the sentencing hearing for Alex Murdaugh approaches. We will bring you the latest information as it unfolds.

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