Judge Clifton Newman and Creighton Waters pulled no punches at Alex Murdaugh’s bond hearing in Hampton. Find out more about two important people in the Murdaugh criminal saga.

Judge Clifton Newman

Judge Clifton Newman is a circuit court judge in South Carolina, where he has served since 2000. 

Prior to his election, Judge Newman was an attorney and served as an assistant solicitor in Williamsburg County for 17 years.

Newman is a member of both the South Carolina and Ohio State Bar Associations.

In September 2021, Judge Newman was assigned to the criminal investigations involving Gloria Satterfield and Paul and Maggie Murdaugh. 

After Alex was found guilty of the murders of Paul and Maggie in March 2023, Judge Newman sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences. 

Recently, Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys have discussed interest in having Judge Newman step down from presiding over their client’s criminal cases, claiming he is a witness in alleged jury tampering in Alex’s murder trial.

Creighton Waters

Creighton Waters is the chief prosecutor in the criminal cases against Alex Murdaugh, including Alex’s infamous 2023 murder trial where he was found guilty of killing his son Paul and his wife Maggie. 

Waters is the chief prosecutor for the South Carolina grand jury and has worked for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office since 1998. 

Hosts Mandy and Liz spoke with Creighton on Murdaugh Murders Podcast episode 83 about the six week trial.

Eric Bland entered Mandy’s life like a jackhammer as Alex’s theft charges against Gloria Satterfield’s family worked their way through the justice system. When Eric deposed Chad Westendorf, the personal representative of Gloria’s estate, he learned shocking details about the financial scheme to defraud Gloria’s sons, Tony and Brian.

Stay tuned for more information on key players in this chapter and more!

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