South Carolina police investigating whether Alex Murdaugh misappropriated funds from former law firm

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) opened a new investigation Monday into allegations that Alex Murdaugh, who was shot in the head earlier this month and whose wife and son were shot dead in June, had embezzled funds from his former law firm.

Murdaugh resigned from the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick law firm on September 6, hours before the firm issued a statement saying Murdaugh had taken money out of business.

The prominent lawyer said at the time that the murders of his wife, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, and son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh, caused “an incredibly difficult time” in his life in June.

“I’ve made many decisions that I really regret,” Murdaugh said in a September 6 statement.

“I am stepping down from my law firm and entering rehab after a long struggle made worse by these murders. I feel so sorry for everyone I have hurt, including my family, friends and colleagues. “


On September 4, Murdaugh was on his way to Charleston when he stopped because of a tire pressure light. A driver in a blue pickup truck stopped and asked Murdaugh if he had any problems with the car, then shot him dead when he replied, a Murdaugh spokeswoman told Fox News.

According to a police spokesman, he was flown to a hospital for “treatment of a superficial gunshot wound to the head”.

About three months before he was shot, Murdaugh returned home from visiting his terminally ill father to find his wife and son shot dead on June 7th.

At the time of the June shootings, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial for an alleged drunken boat crash in February 2019 that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.

Agents investigating the double homicide also opened an investigation into the 2015 hit-and-run death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith.


South Carolina law enforcement chief Mark Keel on Monday urged the public to let the investigation go.

“Investigative decisions that we make in this entire case, and any potentially related case, must ultimately stand up to scrutiny from the criminal justice process,” Keel said Monday. “As in all cases, SLED strives to conduct a professional, thorough and impartial criminal investigation regardless of where the facts lead us.”

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report as well as the Associated Press.

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