Crime Alex Murdaugh's Spokesperson Says Shooting Wasn't Self-Inflicted, Shares Details of Incident
Alex Murdaugh, Member of Prominent South Carolina Legal Family Rocked by Murder, Has Been Shot in the Head
Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, a member of a prominent South Carolina legal family which was rocked by double murders this summer, was shot in the head on Saturday. The post Alex Murdaugh, Member of Prominent South Carolina Legal Family Rocked by Murder, Has Been Shot in the Head first appeared on Law & Crime.Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, a member of a prominent South Carolina legal family which was rocked by double murders this summer, was shot in the head on Saturday. That’s according to reports from Charleston, S.C.
When beleaguered attorney Alex Murdaugh was shot in the head on Saturday on the side of the road in South Carolina, theories about what actually happened — and if a still-unidentified gunman had really targeted him — began swirling.
The day before, the 53-year-old scion of a local legal dynasty had resigned from Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick (PMPED), the practice his great-grandfather founded a century ago, following allegations that he stole money from the firm, The New York Times reported.
Murdaugh was thrust into the national spotlight in early June after he found his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and son, Paul, 22, shot and killed on their Islandton property.
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Murdaugh, whose wife and son were shot in unsolved killings in June, had said he was taking time off "after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders."On Monday, hours after Murdaugh, 53, said in a vague statement that he had resigned from his position to enter rehab and that he "made a lot of decisions that I truly regret," the law firm revealed that he allegedly "misappropriated funds.
On Friday, Amanda Loveday, a spokesperson for Murdaugh, reached out to PEOPLE to clarify details of Saturday's shooting, saying in an email that "it was not a self-inflicted wound."
Loveday, of NP Strategy in Columbia, began the email by saying, "There has been some misreporting regarding Alex Murdaugh and his shooting on September 4. So we wanted to clear up a number of facts from that day."
Echoing what Jim Griffin, one of Murdaugh's lawyers, told PEOPLE on Thursday, the spokesperson wrote, "After the shooting, Alex had an entry and exit wound, his skull was fractured and it was not a self-inflicted bullet wound."
Sharing a few more details about the incident, many of which haven't been publicly revealed, she wrote, "Alex pulled over after seeing a low tire indicator light. A male driver in a blue pick-up asked him if he had car troubles, as soon as Alex replied, he was shot."
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She ended the email by writing, "We know that SLED is continuing to work diligently to find this person and the person or people that murdered Maggie and Paul Murdaugh."
On Thursday, Griffin told PEOPLE in an email that Murdaugh was bleeding and suffered "significant head trauma" after getting shot while changing a tire.
He was correcting a key detail in an incident report the Hampton County Sheriff's Office released Thursday that initially indicated that Murdaugh bore no "visible injury" after the shooting.
Later on Thursday, the HCSO sent out a revised report, this time with the box beside "visible injury" checked off. The words "other major injury" were added next to "visible injury."
The first report also said that Alex was not using alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident. The revised report said it was "unknown" whether Alex was using alcohol or drugs.
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On June 7, deputies in South Carolina discovered a grisly scene at one family's hunting lodge property: Paul and Margaret "Maggie" Murdaugh were shot to death.A frantic 911 call had been placed by Alex Murdaugh, a personal injury attorney, at 10:07 p.m. His voice quivered as he told a dispatcher that his wife, Margaret, and son, Paul, were not breathing.
In an email to PEOPLE Thursday, Griffin wrote, "I understand that the Sheriff has clarified this 'no visible sign of injury' entry to some reporters."
He continued, saying, "In any event, when the Deputies arrived, Alex Murdaugh was not at the scene. He was picked up by a good Samaritan and who drove him toward the hospital.
"They ultimately met up with the ambulance on the highway, where he was examined and because of the extent of his injuries, the EMTs call for him to be airlifted to the hospital. He had significant head trauma and there was blood at the scene, which is indicated by the evidence cones placed in the roadway. I understand that most of the cones mark blood.
"I presume that the deputy checked the no visible sign of injury on the incident report because he was not able to assess Alex since [Alex] had left the scene before the deputy arrived," he wrote.
Griffin also said that Murdaugh's injuries were far more serious than was initially reported.
Confirming what he toldThursday, Griffin told PEOPLE that Alex suffered "an entry and exit wound, a skull fracture, and minor brain bleeding in two places."
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For 87 years, the Murdaugh family name came to represent a legal dynasty in coastal South Carolina, where three successive generations controlled the local prosecutor's office.But in recent years, the family has been closely connected to bloody tragedy. There was a fatal boating crash in 2019, the killings of two family members in June, the shooting of a family member last week and allegations of fraud and drug abuse.
He also said that the gunshot wound was not self-inflicted.
The HCSO sent PEOPLE the initial report and the updated report. Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
The Island Packet spoke to Smalls, who said the box was likely checked in error.
"He did have an injury," Smalls told the paper. "That probably was a mistake," likely caused by a "computer error."
The rest of the brief report, which calls the incident "attempted murder," goes on to say that deputies were dispatched to the area in reference to a shooting.
"While en route, Deputies learned the victim, later identified as Alex Murdaugh, had been shot in the head and was being flown out from a landing zone on Charleston Highway (Varnville) to the hospital.
"Corporal (Kendrell) Henderson met with the victim before he was flown out while I, Sergeant (Samuel) White, secured the scene of the crime until HCSO and SLED investigators arrived. Further investigation required."
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On Monday, after being released from the hospital, where Murdaugh was treated for "a superficial gunshot wound to the head," according to SLED, he announced that he was resigning from PMPED, and would be undergoing treatment for addiction.
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Alex Murdaugh's legal woes continued when the family of a former housekeeper filed a lawsuit accusing him and others of failing to pay a wrongful death settlement.A spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said the death of Gloria Satterfield has prompted a review following a request from the Hampton County coroner and based on "information gathered" during a separate investigation involving Alex Murdaugh, the legal scion whose wife and son were fatally shot in June.
"The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life," he said in the statement, which was obtained by. "I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. I'm resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders.
"I am immensely sorry to everyone I've hurt, including my family, friends and colleagues," he said in the statement. "I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships."
He did not address the shooting in his statement.
On Monday, night,and reported that members of PMPED had accused Murdaugh of misusing the firm's funds and pushed him out.
On Wednesday, his older brother, Randolph Murdaugh IV, 54, spoke out for the first time, saying in a statement, "I was shocked, just as the rest of my PMPED family, to learn of my brother, Alex's, drug addiction and stealing of money."
No arrests have been made in connection to the shootings of his wife and son — or the shooting on Saturday. Police continue to investigate.
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First his son faced criminal charges over a fatal boating accident. Then his wife and the same son were murdered outside a family estate. Then he reported being shot in the head while dealing with a busted tire—before announcing he was going to rehab for a drug addiction and facing accusations of misusing funds from his own law firm. Oh, and authorities decided to investigate the death of a housekeeper on his property years ago. Now, AlexThen his wife and the same son were murdered outside a family estate.
Murdaugh's problems continued to mount on Wednesday, when the South Carolina Supreme Court placed him on an interim suspension, prohibiting him from practicing law in the state where he's been a lawyer for decades,.
Also on Wednesday, the Solicitor's Office said Murdaugh would no longer prosecute cases as a volunteer,reports.
Earlier this week, PMPED issued a statement about the allegations.
"This is disappointing news for all of us," the firm said, adding that it had cut all ties with Alex. "Rest assured that our firm will deal with this in a straightforward manner. There's no place in our firm for such behavior."
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Griffin told PEOPLE in a previous statement that "Alex resigned from the firm after being accused of diverting lawyer fees. These allegations prompted him to confront his dependency and he voluntarily checked into an in-patient substance abuse rehab facility after being discharged from the hospital Monday."
As authorities investigate Saturday's shooting, they continue to search for a motive and a suspect or suspects in the killings of Maggie and Paul.
At the time of his death, Paul was facing charges in the death of Mallory Beach, 19, in a 2019 boating accident.
As a result of the crash, Beach's family sued Murdaugh, his oldest son, Buster, and a store where Paul allegedly bought alcohol on the night of the crash in a wrongful death lawsuit.
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Suspended South Carolina attorney Richard "Alex" Murdaugh appeared in court for the first time to face charges that he asked a former client to kill him. The post ‘He Is Not A Man of Significant Means Anymore’: Suspended S.C. Attorney Alex Murdaugh Pleads Poverty at South Carolina Bond Hearing first appeared on Law & Crime.Suspended South Carolina attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh appeared in court Thursday afternoon for the first time to face charges connected to what authorities say was an admitted plot to end his own life by asking a former client to kill him. By ending his own life, Murdaugh hoped his son would obtain the proceeds of a $10 million life insurance policy.