Ex-South Carolina banker Russell Laffitte found guilty in fraud trial that put Murdaugh in spotlight
Former Palmetto State Bank CEO Russell Laffitte exits federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2022. - John Monk/The State/TNS

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina bank CEO Russell Laffitte was found guilty Tuesday night on all six counts of conspiracy, bank and wire fraud and misapplication of bank funds, ending a three-week trial that also put disgraced attorney and accused murderer Alex Murdaugh in the spotlight. The jury pool of seven men and five women deliberated for almost 11 hours before rendering their verdict, which was announced in a hushed courtroom around 9:30 p.m. As the clerk of court read the six verdicts, Laffitte sat silently between his two lawyers, Bart Daniel and Matt Austin. About 15 family m...