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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Hampton, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Hampton, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Hampton native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Hampton, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Hampton's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Hampton.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Hampton?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Hampton, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Hampton, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Hampton, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Hampton, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Hampton, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Canfor Southern Pine investing $25 million to modernize Hampton County facility

Investment will advance technology and equipment COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce today announced that Canfor Southern Pine (Canfor), a leading producer of sustainable wood products, is investing $25 million to modernize its Hampton County facility.Founded in 1938, Canfor produces a variety of wood products and has a large footprint in South Carolina – including...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce today announced that Canfor Southern Pine (Canfor), a leading producer of sustainable wood products, is investing $25 million to modernize its Hampton County facility.

Founded in 1938, Canfor produces a variety of wood products and has a large footprint in South Carolina – including six facilities and a corporate office. With a focus on sustainability, Canfor wants to create a future as sustainable as the forests – with goals and targets that support people, the planet and communities.

Located at 4426 Steep Bottom Road in Estill, Canfor’s investment is modernizing the facility with cutting-edge technology and equipment to position the company to meet growing global demand for its wood products.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Canfor team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

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“The investment in our Estill facility is benefitting our employees and is helping to ensure we can meet our customers’ growing needs for sustainable wood products.” -Canfor Southern Pine President Tony Sheffield

“We are proud to celebrate Canfor’s latest investment in South Carolina and our people. This significant $25 million investment highlights all that can be accomplished through our competitive business environment and talented workforce." -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today, we celebrate yet another win for South Carolina’s dynamic forestry industry. I offer my congratulations to Canfor for investing in Hampton County and look forward to seeing their continued success within our borders for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Canfor is a renowned company and a major employer in Hampton County, and we couldn’t be more pleased that they have chosen to invest in Hampton County. We will do all that we can to create the best business environment for their continued success.” -Hampton County Council Chairman Buddy Phillips

“We applaud Canfor’s investment in Hampton County, as it is a testament to the strength of our state’s forest products manufacturing sector, now valued at more than $21 billion. The company’s investment reflects its confidence in the future of the Palmetto State’s healthy forests, abundant wood supply and world-class business environment.” -South Carolina State Forester Scott Phillips

“A major producer of sustainable forest products in our state, Canfor is an international company flourishing in our region because of our workforce and natural assets. We are grateful for their commitment to our region, and we look forward to working with them to increase their footprint in Hampton County.” -SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls

Canfor Southern Pine investing $25 Million in Hampton County facility

ESTILL, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce recently announced that Canfor Southern Pine (Canfor), a leading producer of sustainable wood products, is investing $25 million to modernize its Hampton County facility.“The investment in our Estill facility is benefitting our employees and is helping to ensure we can meet our customers’ growing needs for sustainable wood products,” said Canfor Southern Pine President Tony Sheffield.“We are proud to celebrate...

ESTILL, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce recently announced that Canfor Southern Pine (Canfor), a leading producer of sustainable wood products, is investing $25 million to modernize its Hampton County facility.

“The investment in our Estill facility is benefitting our employees and is helping to ensure we can meet our customers’ growing needs for sustainable wood products,” said Canfor Southern Pine President Tony Sheffield.

“We are proud to celebrate Canfor’s latest investment in South Carolina and our people. This significant $25 million investment highlights all that can be accomplished through our competitive business environment and talented workforce, remarked Gov. Henry McMaster.

Founded in 1938, Canfor produces a variety of wood products and has a large footprint in South Carolina – including six facilities and a corporate office. With a focus on sustainability, Canfor wants to create a future as sustainable as the forests – with goals and targets that support people, the planet and communities.

“Today, we celebrate yet another win for South Carolina’s dynamic forestry industry. I offer my congratulations to Canfor for investing in Hampton County and look forward to seeing their continued success within our borders for years to come,” added Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

“Canfor is a renowned company and a major employer in Hampton County, and we couldn’t be more pleased that they have chosen to invest in Hampton County. We will do all that we can to create the best business environment for their continued success,” said Hampton County Council Chairman Buddy Phillips.

“A major producer of sustainable forest products in our state, Canfor is an international company flourishing in our region because of our workforce and natural assets. We are grateful for their commitment to our region, and we look forward to working with them to increase their footprint in Hampton County,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls.

“We applaud Canfor’s investment in Hampton County, as it is a testament to the strength of our state’s forest products manufacturing sector, now valued at more than $21 billion. The company’s investment reflects its confidence in the future of the Palmetto State’s healthy forests, abundant wood supply and world-class business environment,” added South Carolina State Forester Scott Phillips.

“We appreciate Canfor’s investment in Estill, and we look forward to working with their team as the company grows here in our hometown. Estill is a great place to live and work, and Canfor’s investment in community helps provide a promising future for families in our area,” said Estill Mayor Kim Wiley, on hearing the news.

“Hampton County provides an outstanding location for agribusiness, with not only the right workforce and forest resources, but excellent proximity to I-95 and the ports of Charleston and Savannah. We thank Canfor for their decision to bring more investment here, and we are here to help in any way that we can as they grow their business in Hampton County,” remarked Russ Bullard, Chairman of Hampton County Economic Development Commission.

Located at 4426 Steep Bottom Road in Estill, Canfor’s investment is modernizing the facility with cutting-edge technology and equipment to position the company to meet growing global demand for its wood products.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Canfor team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

80th annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival kicks off

The all-volunteer Hampton County Watermelon Festival Committee sat gathered in the social hall of the Hampton United Methodist Church last Thursday, notes in hand. There was a nervous excitement in the air. It had been a disappointing two-year pandemic break with no hometown festival. Now, after months of planning, the longest-continuing festival in the state - and one of Hampton County's oldest traditions- was set to return and the 80th annual Watermelon Festival was about to kickoff"It's showtime, people!" s...

The all-volunteer Hampton County Watermelon Festival Committee sat gathered in the social hall of the Hampton United Methodist Church last Thursday, notes in hand. There was a nervous excitement in the air. It had been a disappointing two-year pandemic break with no hometown festival. Now, after months of planning, the longest-continuing festival in the state - and one of Hampton County's oldest traditions- was set to return and the 80th annual Watermelon Festival was about to kickoff

"It's showtime, people!" said Festival Committee Co-Chair William Koger. "Thanks for all your hard work, and we'll see you next week!"

The H.C. Watermelon Festival officially kicked off on Monday and will feature family friendly community events every day through Saturday. Youth volunteer Melon Belles and Melon Beaus will be at each event helping out.

The Youth Parade and Opening Ceremonies

While a host of food trucks began setting up Monday morning, the festivities officially kicked off with the ever-popular and oh-so-cute Youth Parade through downtown Varnville, followed by the opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. at the Varnville Gazebo.

On Tuesday, the Hampton County Chamber of Commerce hosted another event popular for families with kids, the Children’s Day in the Park, which was held at Lightsey Park in Hampton this year. This event, designed for children up to 12 years of age, featured more activities than the previous years, including arts and crafts, face painting, games, and cold treats.

The Taste of Hampton County Food Truck Event was also held Tuesday in Varnville, followed by the Watermelon Festival Fishing Contest on Wednesday. For the full slate of events for the end of the week, go to https://hcmelonfest.org/events

Storefronts have been decorated with festive melon themes, melon wreaths are up around town, and that Hampton County "watermelon spirit" is popping up almost everywhere.

If that's not enough to help you get in that Watermelon Festival spirt, official festival T-shirts are available in yellow, red, cobalt blue and lime green and can be found in Hampton at the following locations: The Frock Shop, Ulmer's Feed & Seed, and The Material Girls

Joyce Horres honored

During the Opening Ceremonies, a posthumous award for volunteer service was presented to the family of Joyce Horres, a former festival committee member, by S.C. Representative Shedron Williams. Williams presented the family with an official resolution plaque approved by the S.C. General Assembly.

Williams described Horres as "a beacon" and "a light for Hampton County and the Watermelon Festival" who was committed to the festival even during her failing health.

"Family, you were touched by a hero," Williams added.

Horres, of Varnville, died Feb. 6 at the age of 92.

In 1990, Horres began volunteering on the H.C. Watermelon Festival Committee and became an integral part of the local festival. She and her husband, Aubrey, were responsible for the creation of Family Festival Fun Day and the Taste of Hampton.

"I really enjoyed working with her," said Koger. "She pretty much established The Taste of Hampton by herself. As many know, she was a well-known, fabulous cook and hardworking committee member for years. l always enjoyed seeing how she decorated her home and yard for the festival, and she and her husband did numerous good deeds for the community."

Horres was an avid collector of all things "watermelon," and her kitchen was featured in Sandlapper Magazine in 1993. She remained active on the Watermelon Festival Committee until she was forced to retire in 2005 due to health issues.

Horres also started a Welcome Station to provide both locals and out-of-town guests with information about the festival, and she was a regular winner of the Festival's Best Decorated Yard and Door Contest.

Young, local author to host two book events in Hampton County

A young Hampton County author will be hosting two book events in the county next week.Janna Claire, 18, is the published author of A Fairy’s Wish, a fantasy book for children. She will be hosting readings and book signings at 11 a.m.. in the Hampton Library on Wednesday, June 15, and 2 p.m. the same day at the Estill Library.Claire says she has always loved writing and has been creating stories since she was four years old. She has been homeschooled from the beginning, and writing assignments were ...

A young Hampton County author will be hosting two book events in the county next week.

Janna Claire, 18, is the published author of A Fairy’s Wish, a fantasy book for children. She will be hosting readings and book signings at 11 a.m.. in the Hampton Library on Wednesday, June 15, and 2 p.m. the same day at the Estill Library.

Claire says she has always loved writing and has been creating stories since she was four years old. She has been homeschooled from the beginning, and writing assignments were always fun for her. She is passionate about writing because it is a way of expressing herself, and showing creativity.

Besides writing, some of Claire’s hobbies include making her own jewelry, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys listening to and playing music with her brother Jack. In the past, she and Jack have performed in their church’s praise band.

Janna originally lived in Mississippi. She and her family moved to Modoc, S.C., when she was one. They then moved to Hampton when Janna was 11. She and her family live down the road from her grandmother, Sara Janna Bowden Gordon.

When Claire was 13, she picked up her laptop and started writing what she hoped would be a good fairy tale. She became discouraged after finishing a few chapters, however: it didn’t meet her expectations and she planned on giving it up. She is incredibly grateful to her mother, who strongly encouraged her to keep going. Motivated, Claire kept writing until the story was finished. Her family was incredibly supportive of her when she expressed interest in publishing it. It was a leap of faith, but shortly before she turned 15, the process began. A Fairy’s Wish was officially published after her 16th birthday.

The story is about Gracie, a 12-year-old girl who loves taking care of her garden. One day, Gracie discovers that her garden is inhabited by garden fairies! A tiny fairy named Dilly, who has been granted 30 wishes for her birthday, uses a wish to turn Gracie into a fairy. She plans on using another wish to turn Gracie back into a human later, but due to unforeseen circumstances, Dilly’s wishes are taken away from her. Gracie must find a way to turn back into a human so she can return to her family. Soon, Gracie finds out that she has to save the entire garden as well!

Claire hopes that kids and adults alike will not only enjoy her story, but draw encouragement from it as well. Gracie and her new best friend Dilly work together and refuse to ever give up, causing them to eventually triumph. She wants readers to learn about the importance of hard work and persistence, as well as the significance of friendship and family.

Currently, Claire is at work on another book entitled, Lola Land. She also hopes to one day write a sequel to A Fairy’s Wish. For now, she plans on sticking with fantasy, as it is the genre she feels more comfortable with. She says, “fantasy is so versatile. You can do anything you want with it, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be realistic. It’s make-believe.”

Claire recently graduated from high school and plans on attending Columbia International University in the fall with a nursing major. However, she definitely wants to keep writing books. She loves getting lost in her imagination as she writes her stories. In her opinion, there's nothing like taking an idea and turning it into an adventure.

“When you're the author, you're the boss,” she says. “You have the ability to create your own world. It’s exhilarating.”

Secrecy surrounds latest SLED arrest of Murdaugh alleged accomplice

Curtis “Fast Eddie” Smith, an alleged accomplice in some of disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh’s multi-million dollar fraud schemes, has been quietly arrested and is being held in the Colleton County jail.The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office website gives no information about charges against Smith, 61, but says he was arrested by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on Friday.Smith’s lawyer, Jarrett Bouchett...

Curtis “Fast Eddie” Smith, an alleged accomplice in some of disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh’s multi-million dollar fraud schemes, has been quietly arrested and is being held in the Colleton County jail.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office website gives no information about charges against Smith, 61, but says he was arrested by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on Friday.

Smith’s lawyer, Jarrett Bouchette, could not be reached Sunday.

A SLED spokesman said that Smith is part of a state grand jury case, and information in such cases must come from the Attorney General’s office.

Attorney General spokesperson Robert Kittle said in an email to The State and Island Packet, “We do not have a press release ready on Curtis Smith and at this point we are not making any comment.”

Normally, after making charges against suspects, both SLED and the Attorney General’s office issue press releases containing warrants or copies of indictments.

An ongoing grand jury investigation against Murdaugh, set forth so far in 15 indictments, accuses the Hampton lawyer of stealing some $8.4 million in various schemes that targeted his former law firm, fellow lawyers, clients and associates.

What Murdaugh did with much of the missing money has been an area of investigation by SLED agents, according to legal sources familiar with the case. Murdaugh is being held in Richland County jail under $7 million bond.

In recent years, Murdaugh wrote Smith checks for some $2 million from bank accounts Murdaugh controlled during the time he was committing his fraud schemes, according to legal claims filed in Hampton County in December by lawyers Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter.

Bland and Richter, through a civil lawsuit alleging fraud against Murdaugh in the theft of millions from the estate of his deceased housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, have secured a $4.3 million confession of judgment from Murdaugh in that case.

“Smith holds the answers to a lot of things regarding Alex Murdaugh,” Bland said Sunday. “I’ve been wondering why it’s taken so long (to arrest him).”

Bland continued, “The only thing I can surmise on why it took so long .... is that he was talking to the grand jury, and they (SLED) were getting as much information as they could, and they either bled him for what it was worth, or they figured he’s not any further use to them.”

Bland, repeating claims he has made in court and in the December lawsuit, said that what is clear is that Smith “was part of a scheme to help Alex launder money.”

In past comments, Smith’s lawyer Bouchette has portrayed his client as a disabled logger who does odd jobs.

“The man doesn’t have anywhere near that kind of money,” Bouchette told reporters last December. “His current economic status is not someone who has a couple million dollars laying around.”

Smith, a longtime friend and former legal client of Murdaugh’s, has been out on bond since last September, since he was charged with helping Murdaugh in a life insurance scheme.

In that alleged scheme, Murdaugh enlisted Smith to kill him in what authorities say ultimately became a botched suicide attempt by Murdaugh to collect $10 million in life insurance for his surviving son, Buster.

The state grand jury has charged other Murdaugh friends with being accomplices in alleged schemes to launder money: suspended Beaufort lawyer Cory Fleming and former Hampton County bank executive Russell Laffitte.

This story was originally published June 26, 2022 1:38 PM.

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