Update, 2: 58 p.m.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has responded to the report alleging the evidence ties Alex Murdaugh to the murders of his wife and son.
“SLED will not comment on the potential existence of any evidence in this or any active ongoing investigation,” the lead investigating agency said in a statement shared by FITSNews on Twitter.
Statement from the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) about the latest #MurdaughMurders revelations: "SLED will not comment on the potential existence of any evidence in this or any active ongoing investigation."
— FITSNews (@fitsnews) January 5, 2022
The disgraced South Carolina attorney whose wife and son were found fatally shot to death in June may soon be facing charges in the double murder, sources have told a local news outlet.
FITSNews reports that sources close to the ongoing double homicide investigation have direct evidence tying Alex Murdaugh to the murders of his wife Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and their son Paul Murdaugh, 22. Both victims were found fatally shot on the wealthy family’s hunting lodge in Colleton County, South Carolina, on June 7. As previously reported, Paul and Maggie are believed to have been killed with different weapons. Alex Murdaugh first found the bodies, reportedly after returning from a visit to his ailing father in a hospital, and called 911.
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The FITSNews report describes the evidence tying Alex Murdaugh to the crimes as “substantial and serious.” Citing unidentified sources close to the investigation, FITSNews reports that the lead investigating agency, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), may be close to making an arrest.
Alex Murdaugh is the only known person of interest in the double homicide investigation, and authorities have not yet named any suspects. Murdaugh’s lawyer has denied his involvement in public statements.
Murdaugh, 53, was arrested in October after a suffering a gunshot wound to the head that prosecutors now believe was a suicide-for-hire plot, intended to leave his surviving son with a $10 million insurance settlement. Murdaugh’s attorney said that his client had struggled with drug addiction following the deaths of his wife and son.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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