Alex Murdaugh – Cops investigating top lawyer over claims 'he stole millions from law firm' after wife & son's murder
COPS are investigating top lawyer Alex Murdaugh over claims he stole millions in funds from his law firm after the unsolved murder of his wife and son.
The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) revealed on Monday it was investigating Alex Murdaugh, a top lawyer from Hampton County, South Carolina.
SLED opened the probe into Murdaugh "based upon allegations that he
misappropriated funds in connection to his position as a former lawyer with the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, & Detrick (PMPED) law firm," a September 13 news release explained.
SLED Chief Mark Keel said in a brief statement: "As Chief of SLED, I continue to urge the public to be patient and let this investigation
take its course.
"Investigative decisions we make throughout this case and any potentially
related case must ultimately withstand the scrutiny of the criminal justice process.
He added: "As with all cases, SLED is committed to conducting a professional, thorough, and impartial criminal investigation, no matter where the facts lead us."
SLED's probe into Murdaugh's alleged misappropriation of funds is the fourth investigation to be opened relating to the highly influential family.
No arrests have been made since the fatal June 7 shooting of Murdaugh's wife and son or in the lawyer's September 4 shooting.
Additionally, the Murdaugh name has been mentioned in police statements regarding the unsolved 2015 hit-and-run death of Stephen Smith, according to reports.
The new SLED investigation comes exactly one week after Murdaugh stepped down from his law firm to enter rehab.
The prominent lawyer announced on September 6 that he would be resigning from his family’s law firm and entering rehab.
The announcement came two days after Murdaugh suffered a "superficial head wound."
The lawyer told police on September 4 that he had been hit on a road in rural Hampton County, South Carolina while changing a tire.
In a statement that did not address the shooting, Murdaugh said: "The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life.
"I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret.
"I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders.
"I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt, including my family, friends and colleagues.
“I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships."
Randolph "Randy" Murdaugh, the older brother of Alex Murdaugh, released a statement shortly after.
He said: "I was shocked, just as the rest of my PMPED family, to learn of my brother, Alex’s, drug addiction and stealing of money.
"I love my law firm family and also love Alex as my brother. While I will support him in his recovery, I do not support, condone, or excuse his conduct in stealing by manipulating his most trusted relationships.
"I will continue to pursue my client’s interests with the highest degree of honesty and integrity, as I always have."
His statement followed South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty's order for Alex Murdaugh's law license to be suspended until further notice, starting September 8.
Murdaugh had been named a person of interest in the investigation into the June shooting death of his wife Maggie, 52, and 22-year-old son Paul, according to local reports at the time.
The Sun has contacted the S.C. Law Enforcement Division for the latest on that case. No arrests have been made in either case.
Alex, 53, was airlifted to a hospital in Savannah. A family spokesperson later told NBC2 that Murdaugh is expected to survive the shooting.
"The Murdaugh family has suffered through more than anyone family could ever imagine. We expect Alex to recover and ask for your privacy while he recovers," the statement said.
The shooting of Murdaugh comes exactly three months after he discovered his wife, Maggie, and his 22-year-old son, Paul, shot to death at the family's hunting lodge in Colleton County on June 7.
Their bodies were each found with multiple gunshot wounds yard apart from one another near the family's dog kennel on the 1,700-acre property.
Investigators believe they were murdered with two different firearms.
MOM AND SON KILLED
Paul suffered a series of shotgun blasts to the chest, arm, and head, the early forensic analysis showed.
Meanwhile, 52-year-old Maggie appeared to have been killed with an assault rifle, investigators said.
A law enforcement source told The Island Packet at the time that Paul was likely the target, while Margaret may have just been killed simply because she was at the home.
Alex later discovered the pair dead. In a harrowing 911 call, he told an operator: "It's my wife and son … nobody's breathing."
At the time of his death, Paul had been awaiting trial on charges of boating under the influence following a crash in February 2019 which resulted in the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
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