After months of hypothesis, Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys have lastly admitted the South Carolina lawyer—who’s already accused of orchestrating his personal homicide—is an individual of curiosity in his spouse and son’s double murder.
Jim Griffin, one of many scion’s attorneys, confirmed that the South Carolina Legislation Enforcement Division (SLED) started investigating Murdaugh “from the get-go” within the June 7 murders of his 52-year-old spouse, Margaret, and his 22-year-old son, Paul. Authorities say that Murdaugh known as 911 round 10:07 p.m. after discovering his household brutally shot close to the canine kennels outdoors their 1,770-acre property in Colleton County.
Within the seven-minute call, Murdaugh tells a dispatcher, “I’ve been as much as it now—it’s unhealthy,” whereas canines bark within the background.
Regardless of being named an individual of curiosity, Murdaugh’s lawyer insisted to Fox Carolina on Wednesday that his shopper was visiting along with his mom, who has dementia, on the time of the murders and “had no motive to kill them.”
“You’ll assume that if Alex was the one who did it, that SLED would have been in a position to set up that fairly simply that evening,” Griffin stated. “You’ll assume they’d have searched his home and located blood someplace. You’ll assume they’d have discovered the homicide weapons on the property. You’ll assume they’d provide you with one thing to hyperlink Alex to the murders, forensically or impartial proof. To my data, they haven’t carried out that.”
Griffin, nonetheless, admitted that state authorities “aren’t sharing info however I consider if that they had that [information] they’d have charged Alex and so they haven’t charged him.” SLED didn’t reply to The Every day Beast’s request for remark about Murdaugh being an individual of curiosity.
“He cherished his spouse. He cherished his son. The murders have been carried out in probably the most brutal style,” Griffin stated, noting that he had reviewed Murdaugh’s textual content messages along with his spouse and there was no indication of a “home dispute.”
“He didn’t do it. I really feel strongly that he didn’t do it,” Murdaugh’s lawyer added. “No person desires to unravel these murders as a lot as Alex.”
The admission that Murdaugh is being investigated in his spouse and son’s murders is only one of a number of authorized entanglements the one-time highly effective lawyer presently faces. Within the final month, Murdaugh has admitted to a decades-long dependancy to opioids, been accused of funneling hundreds of thousands from his former legislation agency, and admitted to police he tried to stage his personal homicide in an try to go away a $10 million life insurance coverage payout for his remaining son, Buster.
Each Murdaugh and his alleged supplier face felony fees within the weird tried suicide episode—however Murdaugh was allowed to go away jail and go to rehab in one other state. Griffin stated Wednesday that his crew was working to “peel again extra layers of this onion” to see if Murdaugh’s dependancy or numerous alleged monetary misdeeds have been the motive for somebody to hurt his household.
Murdaugh has additionally been implicated in a collection of lawsuits, starting from allegations he conspired to affect the 2019 investigation into a ship crash that killed a teenage lady to claims he swindled hundreds of thousands from a wrongful loss of life settlement meant for the sons of his late housekeeper. SLED has opened felony investigations into each circumstances.
Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, and Detrick (PMPED), the legislation agency based a century in the past by Murdaugh’s great-grandfather, additionally accused the scion in a lawsuit of funneling cash from his purchasers and his former employer right into a faux checking account for years.
The agency first made the allegations in September, after Murdaugh issued a shock announcement stating he had stop his job and was getting into rehab for drug dependency simply hours after calling police to say he’d been shot within the head by a thriller truck driver on a Lowcountry backroad.
On Wednesday, Griffin insisted that particulars of the staged homicide are nonetheless murky—although Murdaugh has stated he known as his alleged confederate, Curtis Edward Smith, and requested him to fulfill on a rural backroad. There, Murdaugh allegedly requested Smith to shoot him with a .38 revolver.
Smith and his attorneys have insisted that he tried to cease Murdaugh from taking pictures himself after he refused to fireside the gun. The handyman informed The New York Times that after the gun went off, Smith was left holding the weapon as Murdaugh fell to the bottom—and ran to his truck to drive away. Smith later admitted to police he ditched the gun alongside the facet of the street.