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

A Colleton County Grand Jury indicted Murdaugh, 63, for two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the June 7, 2021, deaths of his wife, Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, 22.

“All the efforts of our office and the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation have been focused on seeking justice for the victims’ families,” Wilson said in a Thursday statement. “We want to thank the State Law Enforcement Division, the attorneys and staff in our office, and everyone who worked on this case for their tireless efforts to gather evidence and follow where it led. We also want to thank the Colleton County Grand Jury for listening to that evidence and for their service to the people of the state.”

The indictments allege that Murdaugh killed his son with a shotgun and his wife with a rifle near dog kennels on the family’s property in a rural area of the South Carolina Lowcountry. 

Lawyer Alex Murdaugh faces two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the June 7, 2021, deaths of Murdaugh's wife, Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, 22.

Lawyer Alex Murdaugh faces two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the June 7, 2021, deaths of Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, 22. (Mic Smith, File, Associated Press)

“Over the last 13 months, [State Law Enforcement Division] agents and our partners have worked day in and day out to build a case against the person responsible for the murders of Maggie and Paul and to exclude those who were not,” SLED Chief Mark Keel said in a Thursday statement. “At no point did agents lose focus on this investigation. From the beginning I have been clear, the priority was to ensure justice was served. Today is one more step in a long process for justice for Maggie and Paul.”

Murdaugh faces more than 80 criminal charges related to financial crimes and, now, murder.

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Last year, the high-profile lawyer was accused of embezzling millions from a prominent law firm founded by his great-grandfather. The complaint filed on Nov. 12, 2021, on behalf of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, P.A., (PMPED) claims that Murdaugh spent client and law firm money for his own personal use via a fraudulent Bank of America account without authorization. 

On Nov. 19, 2021, Wilson announced charges against Mudaugh for his “alleged schemes to defraud victims and thereafter launder” more than $ 4.8 million. Those charges included four counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent; seven counts of obtaining signature or property by false pretenses; seven counts of money laundering; eight counts of computer crimes; and one count of forgery.