Alex Murdaugh court clerk Becky Hill is spotted for first time since she was accused of tampering with jurors to land book deal – and smirks as she enters South Carolina courthouse where double murderer was convicted
- South Carolina court clerk Becky Hill, 55, was spotted crossing East Washington Street in Walterboro, South Carolina before entering the court building
- She smirked when she was asked: ‘Did you tamper with the jurors?’
- It’s the first time Hill was see after the shocking allegations of jury tampering made by Murdaugh’s attorneys
- Hill hired two high-profile lawyers the day after she was accused
South Carolina court clerk Becky Hill was spotted the first time since Alex Murdaugh‘s lawyers accused her of fabricating a Facebook post in order to get a juror thrown off the disgraced lawyer’s murder trial.
Rebecca ‘Becky’ Hill, 55, smirked when she was asked by Fox News: ‘Did you tamper with the jurors?’
She then turned away and entered the court building in Walterboro, South Carolina, without saying a word.
Murdaugh’s attorneys Jim Griffin and Dick Harpootlian submitted a motion accusing Hill of repeatedly ‘tampering with the jury’. The pair further allege that Hill ‘invented a story about a Facebook post to remove a juror she believed might not vote guilty.’
The court clerk hired two high-profile lawyers the day after the shocking allegations.
One is state Rep. Justin Bamberg, known for representing victims of Murdaugh’s financial crimes and the other is Will Lewis, a former assistant U.S. attorney.
The clerk has not respond to the allegations against her. She does not face any criminal charges.
Hill was a court reporter before being elected as Clerk of Court in 2020. She published a book, Behind the Doors of Justice: The Murdaugh Murders, in July.
Harpootlian told NewsNation on Tuesday: ‘We have evidence that she fabricated the existence of a Facebook entry by one of the jurors’ former husbands. Never happened. We’ve got an affidavit from him. He never did it.’
The lawyer, who is also a Democratic State Senator, added: ‘This is unprecedented that the, that the clerk of court went on a … campaign to discredit the defense and discredit Alex Murdaugh’s testimony.’
During the trial Judge Clifton Newman ordered Hill to produce a Facebook post that she had seen, claiming that a juror’s ex-husband was ‘saying stuff’ about how his former wife told him what her ‘verdict was going to be’.
But the new documents now claim that Hill ‘invented’ the post, with the juror claiming it could not be possible as she hadn’t seen her ex-husband in more than ten years.
‘Ms. Hill never saw any such Facebook post. She made it up,’ the newly filed motion claims.
The former spouse also denied the allegations that he wrote the post, as well as a follow-up apology, in a sworn affidavit.
Judge Newman ultimately dismissed the juror, but said: ‘Oh boy. I’m not too pleased about the clerk interrogating a juror as opposed to coming to me and bringing it to me.’
The lawyers said there are additional jurors who won’t speak to them, so they want them to be subpoenaed to testify under oath.
‘If these jurors are to be believed, it is an impossible burden by the state we get a new trial,’ he added.
Court documents seen by DailyMail.com state that Hill told jurors ‘not to be fooled by’ Murdaugh and told them their ‘deliberations shouldn’t take them long’.
It reads: ‘Ms. Hill did these things to secure for herself a book deal and media appearances that would not happen in the event of a mistrial. Ms. Hill betrayed her oath of office for money and fame.’
Lawyers for Murdaugh said in a press conference that they were informed of Hill’s alleged behavior after the publication of the book, when jurors who were ‘upset’ with her came forward.
‘She’s trying to make a lot of money. That’s the point. Trying to make money off it by selling the book,’ Harpootlian said.
Murdaugh’s attorneys are arguing that Hill breached a South Carolina code which states: ‘No public official, public member, or public employee may knowingly use his official office, membership, or employment to obtain an economic interest for himself.’
‘We were hitting brick walls until her book came out,’ Dick Harpootlian said. ‘Then jurors who obviously were not comfortable in how she handled matters, and even less comfortable with her going on a book tour and making money off it, they reported it to us.
Hill is understood to have also organized a post-trial drink with members of the media and court staff, following Murdaugh’s double murder conviction.