South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh shot months after wife and son were killed in unsolved case: local reports
Written by kslmadmin on September 4, 2021
South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, whose son and wife were murdered in a double shooting in June, has been shot, according to authorities.
A spokesperson for South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division confirmed to Fox News that state law enforcement had been asked to investigate a shooting in Hampton County and that the victim was the 53-year-old Murdaugh, but he could not release additional details.
Murdaugh was found on Salkehatchie Road in Hampton County Saturday afternoon, his lawyer, Jim Griffin, told the Charlotte Observer.
He told the Island Packet that Murdaugh had been driving to Charleston when car trouble stopped his journey. He did not divulge any details about the extent of his injuries after the shooting.
Paul and Maggie Murdaugh, 22 and 52, were found shot to death on a family property in Islandton on June 7. The homicide case remains unsolved.
It was Alex Murdaugh who discovered the bodies, and in gut-wrenching 911 calls pleaded for help. He came across the scene after returning from a visit to his terminally ill father, who died days later.
The area’s top prosecutor, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, recused himself from the case in an Aug. 11 letter to the state attorney general. He was a longtime friend and colleague of the Murdaugh family.
Three generations of Murdaugh men held Stone’s job before he was elected in 2006. Alex Murdaugh was still a volunteer in Stone’s office during the shootings of his wife and son.
The June murders drew national attention, and no suspects or arrests have been announced. Investigators have released few details about the incident although documents tied to related incidents from years prior have begun to emerge at a steady pace.
Shortly after Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were killed, state investigators said they found information that led them to reopen the investigation into the suspicious 2015 death of a 19-year-old man named Stephen Smith.
And at the time of the double murder, the younger Murdaugh was awaiting trial in connection with a deadly 2019 boat crash near Parris Island that killed 19-year-old passenger Mallory Beach and injured others.
That case has raised questions about the family’s ties to local law enforcement and a state investigation and civil litigation regarding whether there had been undue influence.
Members of the Murdaugh family did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.
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