The Alex Murdaugh murder trial was abruptly halted on Friday, February 8th, when a bomb threat was phoned in to the Colleton County Courthouse in South Carolina. The courthouse was immediately evacuated and the trial was put on hold.
According to local news station WIS News 10, the bomb threat was called in to the courthouse at approximately 11:00am and prompted an evacuation of the building and the surrounding area. Police and bomb squads were on the scene and searched the courthouse for any explosive devices.
The trial of Alex Murdaugh had been ongoing since February 1st and was being live-streamed by multiple news outlets, including Fox News, NBC News, and News 19 WLTX. Witnesses had been called to the stand and evidence had been presented in the case.
At the time of the evacuation, the jury was hearing testimony from a witness about gunshot residue found on a coat and clothes that Alex Murdaugh had worn the night of the double murder.
No explosive devices were found and the courthouse reopened later in the day. The trial is expected to resume on Monday, February 11th.
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