Alex Murdaugh, a former South Carolina lawyer, was denied a new trial by a judge in South Carolina.

Murdaugh claimed a court clerk, Rebecca Hill, had influenced the jury, but the judge found this argument invalid.

 The court deemed Hill's remarks as "brief and imprudent," but concluded that Murdaugh failed to prove they significantly impacted the jury's decision.

Former South Carolina Supreme Court chief justice Jean Toal condemned Hill's testimony, noting her thirst for celebrity and her dubious reliability.

Murdaugh's lawyers want to appeal, alleging that the session revealed essential evidence for a fresh trial.

 Nine other jurors testified that they did not have any contact with Hill during the trial and did not influence their decision.

The legal team that was defending Murdaugh was of the opinion that these claims were adequate grounds for pursuing a new trial.