Days after grandson and his mother die violently, patriarch of prominent family dies

The 22-year-old man who was found dead with his mother was awaiting trial in connection to a drunken boating accident that killed a 19-year-old woman

Three members of a prominent South Carolina died this week, including two were found shot.

According to the Associated Press, the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the deaths of 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh and his mother, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, who were found dead on Monday night near dog kennels family land in Colleton County. Both decedents had been shot, but authorities have yet to release any further details about the presumed homicides and have not yet confirmed the cause or manner of death. It is not known how the bodies were first discovered.

On Thursday, Paul Murdaugh’s grandfather Randolph Murdaugh III, former Former South Carolina 14th Circuit Solicitor, died after being placed in intensive care earlier this week. A source from within the family told WJCL that he had been sick, and a coroner’s report obtained by the news station states that he died peacefully at his home in Varnville.

As the report notes, the Murdauchs are a prominent legal family — who have had legal trouble of their own.

According to WJCL, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on a charge stemming from a boating incident that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach. In February 2019, the victim, Murdaugh and possibly others were on a boat when it crashed into a piling near a bridge. Beach was thrown from the boat and her body was discovered a week later. According to WJCL, police said the people on the boat was “grossly intoxicated.”

Paul Murdaugh was charged with boating under the influence causing death.

His father Alex Murdaugh, who was Maggie Murdaugh’s husband, is a part-time prosecutor at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, where his father was a partner.

Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s funeral was held on Friday.

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