The legal drama surrounding a prominent South Carolina family took a new turn on Tuesday when police arrested a suspect in connection with the mysterious shooting of troubled lawyer Alex Murdaugh.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Daily Beast that a suspect was in custody, although no name or details were immediately released. The development was first reported by WJBF.
Murdaugh has been at the center of a bizarre saga with more twists and turns than a Lowcountry backroad. It includes double murder, drug addiction and allegations of embezzlement.
The 53-year-old lawyer is the descendant of a powerful legal dynasty and was a partner in the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, Detrick law firm, founded by his great-grandfather.
In 2019, the clan, which controlled the local prosecutor’s office for decades, made headlines when Murdaugh’s son Paul was charged with a drunken boating accident that killed a young girl. wife.
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Then, in June, Alex Murdaugh discovered Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother Maggie, 52, shot dead near the kennels of the family’s vast hunting estate.
With the double homicide still unresolved, Alex Murdaugh’s life appears to have spiraled out of control.
Two weeks ago, he called 911 from a country road to report that he had been shot in the head, apparently while changing a tire. The circumstances were shrouded in confusion, and then things got even more murky.
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Murdaugh suddenly announced he was entering drug rehab and resigning from his law firm, saying he made “a lot of decisions that I really regret.”
This intriguing statement was then followed by the company’s announcement that Murdaugh was under investigation for allegedly embezzling funds – a case state police are also currently investigating.
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