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Lawyer: Officials to pursue murder charges for Alex Murdaugh

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A lawyer for disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh said Tuesday that investigators have indicated they intend to pursue murder charges against him for the deaths of his wife and son, who were fatally shot outside their home more than a year ago. Lawyer Jim Griffin said in a statement that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division told Murdaugh family members they plan to seek indictments from a grand jury later…

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The COLUMBIA, S.C. Investigators have indicated they want to pursue murder charges against notorious South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh for the deaths of his wife and son, who were shot to death outside their home more than a year ago, according to a lawyer for him on Tuesday.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division informed the Murdaugh family members that they want to seek indictments from a grand jury later this week, according to attorney Jim Griffin in a statement.

Griffin stated, “We won’t comment until charges are actually filed against Alex.

State police and attorney general’s office representatives declined to comment on whether the indictments—which were first reported by news and opinion website FITSNews—were being investigated by law enforcement.

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Murdaugh is already facing a number of criminal accusations that have accumulated in the months since the deaths of his wife Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, 22, in a shooting. However, he has consistently denied having any involvement in their killings, thus he has not yet been charged in connection with them.

After the deaths, at least a dozen investigations into Murdaugh’s finances and lying to police about being shot by a stranger on the side of the road led to accusations that he stole $8.5 million from clients and that he asked a friend to kill him so his surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy.

The Murdaugh family’s land near Islandton is where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were shot many times between 9 and 9:30 p.m. on June 7, 2021, according to officials. According to Richard Harvey, the coroner for Colleton County, their remains were discovered close to dog kennels.

Alex Murdaugh reportedly contacted 911 after finding the bodies at the time, according to the officials. Murdaugh had been visiting his father in the hospital and checking on his mother when the killings took place, according to his family, who spoke to “Good Morning America.”

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After Murdaugh’s legal counsel declined to raise objections during a disbarment hearing in June, the South Carolina Supreme Court also disbarred Murdaugh on Tuesday, confirming the outcome that had already been predicted. The state Supreme Court stated in its order that their choice “in no way” interferes with current inquiries.

James Pollard is a member of the Statehouse News Initiative Corps for the Associated Press/Report for America. A nonprofit national service program called Report for America places journalists in local newsrooms to cover unreported stories.

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