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South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh charged with murder of wife and son

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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Thursday announced murder against disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh.

One Colleton County Grand Jury charged Murdaugh, 63, with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon in the course of a violent crime related to the deaths of his wife, Maggie, 52, and their son Paul , 22 years old.

“All efforts by our office and law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation are focused on seeking justice for the victim’s family,” Wilson said in a statement today. Thursday. “We want to thank State Law Enforcement, the attorneys and staff in our office, and everyone who worked on this case for their tireless efforts. to gather evidence and follow it up to listen to that evidence and for their service to the people of the state.”

The indictment alleges Murdaugh killed his son with a shotgun and his wife with a rifle near a dog kennel on the grounds of the family home in a rural South Carolina Lowcountry.

Attorney Alex Murdaugh faces two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon in the course of a violent crime involving the deaths of Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22 their age.
(Mic Smith, File, Associated Press)

“In the past 13 months, [State Law Enforcement Division] Our agents and partners worked day in and day out to build a case against who was responsible for the murders of Maggie and Paul and to rule out those who weren’t,” said SLED Director Mark Keel said in a statement on Thursday.” The agent lost focus on this investigation. From the outset, I have been clear, the priority is to ensure justice is served. Today is another step in the long process of seeking justice for Maggie and Paul. “

In the wake of Thursday’s murder charges, Murdaugh has faced more than 80 other crimes passed 16 state grand jury indictments of conspiring to defraud a series of victims, including the family of his dead housekeeper, a deaf quadriplegic man, and a weekday employee. Highway inspector was injured while on duty, with a total amount of nearly $8.5 million.


Last year, this famous lawyer was accused of embezzling millions of dollars from a famous law firm founded by his great-grandfather. The complaint filed on November 12, 2021, on behalf of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, PA, (PMPED) claims that Murdaugh used client and law firm funds for personal purposes personal account through a fraudulent Bank of America account without authorization.

On November 19, 2021, Wilson announced charges against Mudaugh for “alleged schemes to defraud victims and subsequently launder” more than $4.8 million. Those charges include four counts of breach of trust with intent to defraud; seven counts of forgery of signatures or property; seven counts of money laundering; eight computer crimes; and some forgery.

A large Hampton County grand jury also indicted Murdaugh on an apparently staged suicide shooting with the charges of conspiracy, false claims, or payment of $10,000 or more. Go up and report fake police.

The staged shooting was allegedly intended to allow his surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, to secure a $10 million life insurance policy.


Murdaugh allegedly admitted to hiring an assassin, Curtis Smith, to shoot him by the roadside in Hampton County so his son could have life insurance money. But Smith apparently missed it, only grazing Murdaugh’s head, and a judge later released Murdaugh for private identification, allowing him to return to out-of-state rehabilitation facilities for addiction treatment. opioids for 20 years.

The former attorney is also facing a series of charges from the Colleton County Grand jury related to a complex chain of events. State police have since opened a number of criminal investigations into Murdaugh, including in connection with the 2015 roadside death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, who was Buster’s classmate.

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