Son of prominent South Carolina legal family found murdered along with mother may have been targeted
The son of a prominent South Carolina lawyer found murdered on his family’s property may have been the intended target of the shooting, which also caused his mother’s death, according to a local report.
Investigators are investigating the possibility that Paul Murdaugh, 22, who was on trial for the death of a young woman, may have been the one marked in the attack, The Island Packet reported.
The University of South Carolina student and Maggie Murdaugh, 52, were found by gunshots Monday in their sprawling mid-state estate.
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Paul Murdaugh had faced three counts of under the influence boating in a 2019 accident that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Investigators speculated that the killer or killers were looking for him and that his mother was accidentally killed, according to the Packet.
It is still unclear whether the shootings were linked to the 2019 tragedy, according to the report. No arrests were made.
Sources told the newspaper that Murdaugh was shot at least twice with a shotgun, while his mother was killed with an apparent assault rifle.
The family is linked to one of South Carolina’s most prestigious law firms.
Alex Murdaugh, the husband and father of the victims, works at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick, which was founded by Randolph Murdaugh in 1910.
Randolph Murdaugh III, 81, died just three days after the family tragedy, the law firm said.
The late lawyer, his father and his grandfather were all longtime elected prosecutors in the Beaufort community.
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The Beach family, who are believed to remain involved in a civil action against the Murdaugh family after the criminal case was ended with the murder of Paul Murdaugh, have released a statement of solidarity.
“Having suffered the devastating loss of their own daughter, the family pray that the Murdaughs can find some level of peace after this tragic loss. They would like the family and community to know that their thoughts and continued prayers are with the Murdaughs. “the family said in a statement to OMCC 11.