Murdaugh blames ‘excessive use’ of opiates for death

Photo: Twitter Justin Murdaugh, who is charged with murder in the death of a Queenstown businesswoman in November, has blamed some of his problems on an addiction to opiates. Murdaugh had his bail bond…

Murdaugh blames 'excessive use' of opiates for death

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Justin Murdaugh, who is charged with murder in the death of a Queenstown businesswoman in November, has blamed some of his problems on an addiction to opiates.

Murdaugh had his bail bond increased from $40,000 to $7 million on Monday, and made court appearances in the High Court in Christchurch in front of Justice Terence Higgins.

Murdaugh was arrested following the death of his ex-partner Liz O’Donnell at the weekend.

Justice Higgins indicated that he had four conditions attached to his bail, the most important of which is that he stay in New Zealand.

He said a condition of bail was that the Department of Corrections inspect the premises he had rented in Auckland and recommended to the judge that the address be evacuated and that any premises he may use in Auckland be found out of bounds to him.

He also imposed a surety of $300,000, and said he must not have any contact with Ms O’Donnell’s family.

His lawyer told the court that Mr Murdaugh had taken 20 Xanax and four Oxycodone pills which he accidentally laced with Benadryl.

Police said Mr Murdaugh, 30, fell asleep on an Auckland bus and was allegedly sprayed with Benadryl and fell unconscious.

The prosecution said he spent nine days in hospital because of the effects of the Benadryl.

The defence said Mr Murdaugh’s life expectancy was 26.5 years, and he would be back in court on Wednesday.

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