After months of speculation, lawyers for Alex Murdaugh have finally admitted that the South Carolina attorney – who is already accused of orchestrating his own murder – is a person of interest in his wife’s double homicide and of his son.
Jim Griffin, one of the scion’s attorneys, confirmed that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) began investigating Murdaugh “from the get-go” in the June 7 murders of his wife 52-year-old Margaret and 22-year-old. one year old son, Paul. Authorities say Murdaugh called 911 around 10:07 p.m. after finding his family brutally gunned down near kennels outside their 1,770-acre estate in Colleton County.
During the seven-minute call, Murdaugh tells a dispatcher, “I’m up to it now, it’s bad,” as the dogs bark in the background.
Despite being named a Person of Interest, Murdaugh’s attorney insisted to Fox Carolina on Wednesday that his client was visiting his mother, who was suffering from dementia, at the time of the murders and “had no reason to. kill them”.
“You’d think if Alex was the one who did it, that SLED could have established that pretty easily that night,” Griffin said. “You would think they would have searched his house and found blood somewhere. You would think they would have found the murder weapons on the property. You’d think they’d find something to tie Alex to the murders, forensic or independent evidence. To my knowledge, they have not.
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Griffin, however, admitted that state authorities “don’t share information but I think if they had that [information] they would have charged Alex and they did not charge him. SLED did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment that Murdaugh was a person of interest.
“He loved his wife. He loved his son. The murders were committed in the most brutal manner, ”Griffin said, noting that he had reviewed Murdaugh’s text messages with his wife and that there was no indication of a“ domestic conflict ”.
” He did not do it. I’m sure he didn’t, ”added Murdaugh’s lawyer. “No one wants to solve these murders as much as Alex.”
The admission that Murdaugh is under investigation into the murders of his wife and son is just one of many legal tangles the former powerful lawyer is currently facing. Over the past month, Murdaugh admitted to decades of opioid addiction, was accused of funneling millions of dollars from his former law firm, and admitted to police that he attempted to stage his own murder in an attempt to leave a life insurance payment of $ 10 million. for his remaining son, Buster.
Murdaugh and his alleged drug dealer face criminal charges in the bizarre suicide attempt episode, but Murdaugh has been cleared out of jail and into rehab in another state. Griffin said Wednesday his team was working on “removing more layers of this onion” to see if Murdaugh’s addiction or various alleged financial mischief was the motive for someone to harm his family.
Murdaugh has also been involved in a slew of lawsuits, ranging from allegations he conspired to influence the 2019 investigation into a boating accident that killed a teenage girl to allegations he defrauded millions of people. a wrongful death agreement for the sons of his late housekeeper. SLED opened criminal investigations in both cases.
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Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED), the law firm founded a century ago by Murdaugh’s great-grandfather, also accused the Scion in a lawsuit of hijacking the money from his clients and his former employer in a fake bank account for years.
The company first made the allegations in September, after Murdaugh made a surprise announcement stating he quit his job and was entering drug rehab just hours after calling the police to tell him he had been shot in the head by a mysterious truck driver on a lowland country road.
Griffin on Wednesday insisted the details of the murder’s staging are still unclear, though Murdaugh said he called his suspected accomplice, Curtis Edward Smith, and asked him to meet on a country road. There, Murdaugh allegedly asked Smith to shoot him with a .38 revolver.
Smith and his lawyers insisted he tried to stop Murdaugh from shooting himself after refusing to shoot. The handyman said The New York Times that after the shot, Smith ended up with the gun as Murdaugh fell to the ground and ran towards his truck to get away. Smith later admitted to police that he abandoned the gun along the way.
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