COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Judge Alison Lee has denied disgraced Hampton County attorney Alex Murdaugh’s motion to reconsider his bond.

In the written order issued Tuesday, Judge Lee said her decision was based on Murdaugh’s ability to flee, noting also that he poses a potential danger to himself and the community.

Murdaugh’s attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin filed a motion to consider a reduced bond Jury on January 4th. In the motion, Harpootlian and Griffin stated their client has less than $10,000 in his bank account and “couldn’t afford to pay his phone bill,” let alone the bond set by Judge Lee.

Following Judge Lee’s ruling, Murdaugh’s spokesperson released the following statement:

Alex is unable to post a $7 million bond. He will remain in jail while these charges are pending. Going forward, we hope that the Attorney General will put as much energy and effort towards solving the murders of Maggie and Paul as his office has done with investigating Alex financial affairs.

Murdaugh has been jailed since his arrest in October and a different judge in a civil suit froze his assets in November.

His bond was will remain set at $7 million.

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