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Defense attorneys were to begin their portion of the case against Alex Murdaugh in Walterboro on Monday, Feb. 20, after the prosecution rested its case on Friday. Murdaugh is charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and son in June 2021. Carolina News & Reporter was at the Colleton County Courthouse on Feb. 8. a day that included testimony on alleged financial crimes committed by Murdaugh that the prosecution argued were the motive for the killings. The morning session was interrupted by a bomb threat and subsequent evacuation of the courthouse. The Murdaugh family is well known in the South Carolina Lowcountry, which is helping attract a large turnout of both spectators and local and national media to the trial.