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Man charged with assisted suicide in shooting of well-known South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh for $10 million insurance payout

Lana Ferguson, Kacen Bayless, Jake Shore and John Monk, The State on

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Two days after the shooting, Murdaugh released a statement announcing he was resigning from his family’s law firm and entering drug treatment.

Hours later, his law firm, Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth Detrick, released a statement accusing Murdaugh of taking money from the firm, saying the firm confronted him on Sept. 3, and Murdaugh’s response was that he intended to resign. SLED announced earlier this week that it was investigating the allegations of missing money. The amount of money is question is around $5 million, a source familiar with the case said.

The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, which prosecutes cases for five counties, said Murdaugh would no longer be authorized to volunteer with the agency or prosecute cases on its behalf. The South Carolina Supreme Court suspended his law license.

The arrest in Murdaugh’s shooting comes in the midst of national attention on the unsolved murders June 7 of Murdaugh’s younger son, Paul, and wife, Maggie, at their Colleton County estate. Alex Murdaugh called 911 to report that he had discovered their bodies.

Paul Murdaugh, 22, a student at the University of South Carolina, was shot in the head and upper body with a shotgun, while his mother, 52, was killed with what appeared to be an assault rifle, sources familiar with the investigation said, adding that casings were recovered at the scene. Their bodies were found separated from one another.

 

Their deaths have prompted rumors and speculation, especially in the state’s legal and law enforcement communities, where Alex Murdaugh, his law firm and his family are widely known. Murdaugh’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather ran the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office for nearly a century.

Nearly three months after the murders, SLED has yet to make an arrest or announce a suspect or a motive.

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