COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — An attorney for disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh said Tuesday that investigators have indicated they intend to pursue murder charges against him in the death of his wife and son, who were shot dead outside their home more than a year ago.
Attorney Jim Griffin said in a statement that the South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement has told members of the Murdaugh family that they plan to seek indictments from a grand jury later this week.
“We will have no comment until charges are filed against Alex,” Griffin said.
State police and attorney general’s office officials would not say whether authorities are pursuing the indictments, which were first reported by news and opinion site FITSNews.
Murdaugh already faces dozens of criminal charges that have piled up in the months since his wife Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, were killed. But so far he has not been charged in connection with their deaths; he has repeatedly denied any role in these murders.
The deaths led to at least half a dozen investigations into Murdaugh and his finances, leading to accusations that he stole $8.5 million from people who hired him and allegedly lied to police saying he was shot by a stranger on the side of the road when – officials say – he really asked a friend to kill him so his surviving son could collect an insurance policy- 10 million dollar life.
Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were shot multiple times between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on the night of June 7, 2021, outside their home on the family plot near Islandton, authorities said. Their bodies were found near kennels, according to Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey.
At the time, authorities reported that Alex Murdaugh discovered the bodies and called 911. His family told “Good Morning America” that Murdaugh visited his father in the hospital and monitored his mother at the time of the murders.
The South Carolina Supreme Court also expunged Murdaugh on Tuesday, upholding the inevitable after Murdaugh’s attorneys declined to contest arguments at an expungement hearing in June. In the order, the state Supreme Court noted that its decision “in no way affects” ongoing investigations.
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