As Murdaugh’s ‘trial of the century’ unfolds, the town of Walterboro awaits crowds. Will they come?

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The State (Columbia, S.C.)

WALTERBORO, S.C. — Before the prospective jurors lined up outside the Colleton County Courthouse, before Alex Murdaugh himself was shuttled inside, and before most reporters had arrived to the six-block downtown for the day, JoAnn Goodhope was up and ready to take advantage of the coming media storm. By 6:15 a.m. Goodhope was standing at a downtown Walterboro intersection holding up a sign that read “Stop Shield Ministries.” She kept a clipboard tucked into her waistband, hoping to gather signatures for a petition that has nothing to do with the Murdaugh double-murder trial. She and a handful …

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