South Carolina Grand Jury Indicts Alex Murdaugh with Murder of His Wife and Son

A South Carolina Grand Jury has indicted Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, 54, a disgraced and once prominent lawyer, with the murder of his wife and son

The grand jury found that there was sufficient and probable cause to believe that Alex Murdaugh is responsible for the deaths of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul, 22 who were shot and killed outside their home in 2021.

The Indictment, handed down by a grand jury in South Carolina’s Colleton County – where the killings took place – states that Defendant Murdaugh is accused of murdering the pair with a shotgun and rifle. He was also charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon.

Alex Murdaugh faces 81 other charges unrelated to the murders. Most of the charges are for alleged financial crimes, including misappropriation of money from his law firm, defrauding client funds and various computer crimes. 

If convicted, Murdaugh faces 30 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Under South Carolina state law he could also face the death penalty.

No further details were provided and it is unclear why police came to believe that he was a person of interest, more than a year after the killings.

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