South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh’s gunshot wound was not self-inflicted, his attorney said Thursday.
Murdaugh called 911 on Saturday to say he had been shot while changing a tire on a remote, rural road in South Carolina, as CrimeOnline previously reported. He was flown to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, for treatment of a “superficial” gunshot wound and checked himself out of the hospital on Monday.
Jim Griffin, the Murdaugh attorney who told reporters Murdaugh was taken to a hospital in Charleston just after the incident, said that family members have told him Murdaugh suffered a skull fracture with an entry and exit wound and minor brain bleeding, WIS reported.
Earlier on Thursday, reporters noted that the initial police incident report marked “no” on the box for “visible injury.” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said that was probably a mistake and later released a corrected version of the incident report that marked “yes” to “visible injury” with the explanation “other major injury.” Another difference between the two reports: The initial report marked “no” to the question of whether Murdaugh was using alcohol. That was changed to “unknown,” WIS said.
Murdaugh has reportedly said that a truck passed by him as he was working on his tire, circled back, and opened fire. Griffin added that the driver of the truck asked if he was having car trouble and Murdaugh began speaking with him when the gunfire started.
No arrests have been made in the shooting, and investigators have not provided a description of the suspect, the suspect’s truck, or the weapon used.
Murdaugh, meanwhile, has reportedly entered rehab. When he left the hospital on Monday, he announced that he was resigning from the law firm his great-grandfather founded and going into treatment for an undisclosed problem. Later in the day, the firm, PMPED, said that it had forced Murdaugh out on Friday — a day before the shooting — when a forensic investigation into the firm’s finances revealed he had misappropriated money.
The firm did not disclose how much money, but sources said it was more than $1 million. In light of that allegation, the South Carolina Supreme Court suspended Murdaugh’s license to practice law.
In June, Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and son Paul — who was awaiting trial for a fatal boat crash in which he was allegedly driving drunk — were shot dead on the family’s hunting property. Investigators have been tightlipped about their work on the case, but no arrests have been made and no suspects named. The criminal charges against Paul Murdaugh were dropped upon his death, but boat crash victim Mallory Beach’s mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against against Alex Murdaugh, his son Buster, and a gas station that sold Murdaugh alcohol when he was underage.
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