A coroner has released the autopsy results of a mother and son who were shot to death in South Carolina last week, as authorities have issued a new statement about the ongoing investigation.
As WCSC reports, the Colleton County Coroner’s Office determined that Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother Maggie Murdaugh, 52, both died of multiple gunshot wounds. The coroner did not specify where on their bodies the victims were shot.
The mother and son were found dead on June 7 at their hunting lodge in Colleton County. Maggie’s husband and Paul’s father, Alex Murdaugh, reportedly found their bodies Monday night and called 911.
According to FITSNews, sources have said that Alex Murdaugh was visiting his ailing father in the hospital before returning home to find the bodies of his wife and son, three days before his father died. Police have not named any suspects in the investigation but have said there is no ongoing threat to the public.
FITSNews reports that investigators are working to obtained forensic data from Alex Murdaugh, including computer records, phone records, and vehicle GPS data. Sources reportedly told the outlet that Alex Murdaugh has been fully cooperative with police and has a strong alibi.
On Tuesday, FITSNews obtained a statement from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division [SLED] providing a timeline of the first hours of the investigation. The statement does not otherwise include significant new information.
As the statement notes, the Colleton County Sheriff’s first responded to the scene and quickly contacted SLED for assistance in what was treated from the start as a double homicide investigation.
“SLED agents began working with the Colleton county sheriff’s office immediately to evaluate the crime scene and take the lead on this investigation … SLED crime scene agents began arriving on scene at 12:07 a.m. Crime scene personnel worked throughout the morning of June 8 to collect evidence and submitted it to SLED’s forensic lab, which immediately began processing and testing the evidence.”
The statement offers an assurance that SLED is committed to transparency and says further information will be released to the public at the appropriate time.
“We cannot and will not do anything that could jeopardize the integrity of this investigation or that would violate the due process afforded to all in our constitutional system of justice,” the SLED release stated.
At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on charges connected to the death of 19-year-old Maggie Beach, who was thrown from a boat Murdaugh was driving and crashed in February 2019. As previously reported, investigators have said that Murdauch and others on the boat were severely intoxicated at the time of the crash.
In light of his death, prosecutors have dropped the charges against Paul Murdaugh, but a civil lawsuit remains active.
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