UPDATE: Alex Murdaugh’s attorney told WCIV in Charleston that the legal scion was shot in the head while changing a tire. Jim Griffin said Murdaugh’s brother Randy told him that a vehicle passed Alex while he was by the car, turned around, and someone inside shot him. He was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston, the Charleston Post and Courier said.
South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, whose wife and son were shot to death three months ago in an as-yet unsolved double homicide, has been airlifted to a hospital, allegedly suffering from at least one gunshot wound.
Murdaugh’s attorney, Jim Griffin, told the Island Packet that Murdaugh was on his way to Charleston and had car trouble. He stopped on Salkehatchie Road, Griffin said, citing another Murdaugh family member. Griffin did not have details of Murdaugh’s wounds.
Hampton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tommy Crosby told FITSNews that investigators had called in the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to assist.
Hampton County, South Carolina, is just upriver from Savannah.
FITSNews said that Crosby did not confirm Murdaugh was shot, but other local law enforcement sources said Murdaugh was wounded.
The 53-year-old Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, on the family’s 1,700-acre hunting property that spreads over Colleton and Hampton Counties in early June. SLED is also leading that investigation and probing the 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach. Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat when it crashed and was facing multiple charges of boating under the influence.
Last month, South Carolina 14th circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone recused himself from the investigation, citing a possible conflict of interest based on new information. Prior to his retirement, Alex Murdaugh’s father, Randolph Murdaugh III, ran the 14th circuit solicitor’s office and Alex was working part time in the office at the time of the murders. Randolph Murdaugh, who was hospitalized at the time, died a few days after the murders of natural causes.
A wrongful death suit was filed related to the crash. Murdaugh and his other son, Buster, were defendants in that suit.
Alex Murdaugh has been named a “person of interest” in the deaths of his wife and son.
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[Featured image: Murdaugh family: L-R, Buster, Maggie, Paul, Alex/Facebook]