GREENVILLE, S.C. — The state of South Carolina intends to seek criminal charges against suspended attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh in connection with the 2021 double homicide of his wife and son, according to Murdaugh’s attorney.
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 this week.
“We won’t have any comment until charges are actually brought against Alex,” Griffin said.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division told family members that charges would likely be coming before a grand jury soon, Murdaugh’s brother John Marvin Murdaugh told The Hampton County Guardian.
“We have been in communication all along and they (SLED) told us they would let us know if any charges were coming against anyone,” said John Marvin Murdaugh. “From day one all we have wanted is the truth. We seek justice and we want the truth.”
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Robert Kittle, spokesperson for the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, said that he could not confirm or comment on any pending charges.
The South Carolina Supreme Court also disbarred Murdaugh on Tuesday, confirming the inevitable after Murdaugh’s attorneys declined to contest arguments at a June disbarment hearing. In the order, the state Supreme Court noted their decision “in no way” affects ongoing investigations.
Murdaugh’s wife, Margaret, 52, and his son, Paul, 22, were shot and killed at their Colleton County estate, Moselle, on the night of June 7, 2021. Not long after the killings, Murdaugh and his other son, Buster, offered a reward for anyone offering information that led to an arrest in the case.
Murdaugh has repeatedly denied any role in their killings.
Murdaugh called 911 at 10:07 p.m. that night and reported that he had found the pair unresponsive and lying on the ground near the family’s dog kennels. Both were shot multiple times.
At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was facing three felony boating under the influence charges related to a February 2019 fatal boat crash.
Since the deaths, the Attorney General’s Office and SLED have uncovered a web of financial and drug crimes allegedly involving Murdaugh that span more than a decade in several Lowcountry counties. At least a half-dozen investigations into Murdaugh and his finances led to charges that he stole $8.5 million from people who hired him and that he lied to police in saying he was shot by a stranger on a roadside when — officials say — he really asked a friend to kill him so his surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy.
Murdaugh is currently facing a total of 84 criminal charges and 11 civil suits and is being detained in Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on a $7 million bond he has been unable to meet.
Contributing: The Associated Press