Alex Murdaugh’s former law clients testify on Day 4 of Russell Laffitte trial | Alex Murdaugh Investigation Latest News
The trial for Russell Laffitte, a former top executive for Palmetto State Bank, continues this week in Charleston’s U.S. District Court. He stands accused of helping Alex Murdaugh defraud his former law clients, while using money from his family’s bank to prop up the disbarred attorney’s shaky finances.
The trial began Nov. 8 and is expected to go to deliberations later this week or early next week.
The Post and Courier will be providing live coverage of the trial throughout the day. More information about the Murdaugh saga, including past trial coverage, can be found here.
5:57 p.m. update:
Daniel and Becky Laffitte went back and forth about the bank’s bylaws during the defense’s cross-examination. The woman disagreed with nearly all of Daniel’s interpretations, testifying she believed the bylaws did not give her cousin authority to make the $680,000 payment. She said Russell Laffitte, his father and his sister did not have authority to approve the $750,000 loan to Murdaugh without consulting the rest of the voting members.
Gergel dismissed the jury for the day.
5:15 p.m. update:
Holliday ended by asking Becky Laffitte about her decision to vote to separate Russell Laffitte from the bank. The woman described it as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.” But Russell Laffitte had made “poor decisions,” she testified.
Daniel began his cross-examination.
4:58 p.m. update:
Becky Laffitte told jurors about the weekend in early September 2021 when Murdaugh resigned from his law firm and announced he was entering rehab for a drug addiction. The witness was concerned when Murdaugh’s former law partners — who are akin to a lawyer’s “family” — didn’t rush to his defense, she said.
Becky Laffitte was suspicious the problems went beyond Murdaugh’s physical and mental health, and was worried about the bank’s exposure