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Murdaugh Family Murder: A Timeline of Murder and Mystery in South Carolina

Murdaugh Family Murder: A Timeline of Murder and Mystery in South Carolina

No one has yet been arrested in the shootings, but authorities have promised to get to the bottom of them. And the study has taken them in unexpected directions; while investigating the killings, investigators decided to reopen an unresolved 2015 death case.

Here’s a timeline of what we know about the famous story of the Murdaugh family, the murders of Margaret Murdaugh and her son Paul, the shooting of Alex Murdaugh last week, and the course of the investigation throughout.

Over three generations, a member of the Murdaugh family serves as the 14th Circuit Solicitor leading lawsuits for the counties of Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper in southern South Carolina.

Randolph Murdaugh Sr. elected to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in 1920 and served in that position until his death in 1940.

His son Randolph Murdaugh Jr. then took over the position and served until his retirement in 1986.

His son Randolph Murdaugh III is then selected for the role in 1987 and serves until the end of 2005.

In 2006, the then Gov. Mark Sanford appoints attorney Duffie Stone to serve as the 14th District Attorney, making him the first non-Murdaugh in the position. He has been elected to the post three times since, most recently in 2016.


A boat crashes into a bridge near Parris Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, on February 24, killing 19-year-old Mallory Beach, according to the South Carolina Attorney General in documents obtained by CNN.

Six people were on board the boat at the time of the accident, including 19-year-old Paul T. Murdaugh. His father, Alex Murdaugh, a local lawyer and son of Randolph Murdaugh III, owns the boat.

Stone, 14th Circuit Solicitor, is retiring from the case due to personal connections.

Paul Murdaugh was indicted in April on charges of sailing under the influence (BUI), which caused major bodily injury and caused death in connection with the crash, court records show. He denies guilt.

June 7, 2021:

Alex Murdaugh, 53, calls 911 and reports that he found his wife Margaret, 52, and son Paul, then 22, shot dead outside their home in Islandton, a small community about an hour north of Hilton Head Island, according to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

The Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies state both victims had multiple gunshot wounds.

June 10:

Randolph Murdaugh III dies peacefully in his home at the age of 81, according to his obituary.

June 15:

& quot;  Stay away & quot;  signs marked one entrance to the Murdaugh family's estate on Islandton, where a double homicide took place.
SLED releases basic information about the killings on June 7 and says Alex Murdaugh had called 911 p.m. 22:07, and investigators collected evidence that night and the next morning.

“We continue to pursue all tracks and the investigation is certainly active and ongoing at this time,” the agency said. “We will continue to submit all forensic evidence to SLED’s forensic laboratory. SLED is committed to conducting a professional and thorough criminal investigation to bring justice to Paul and Maggie’s death.”

June 17th:

Alex Murdaugh’s brothers, John Marvin Murdaugh and Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh IV, speak to “Good Morning America” ‚Äč‚Äčabout the killings. They say Alex called them “desperate” with the news that his wife and son had been shot. They say they do not think their brother is involved.

“My brother loved Maggie and loved Paul like nothing else on this earth, just as he loves (his second son) Buster,” Randy told GMA. “So there’s no way he can have anything to do with this, I can assure you.”

June 21:

Buster Murdaugh, center, receives a hug in the rain during the funeral of his brother, Paul and mother, Maggie, on June 11 in Hampton, South Carolina.

SLED acknowledges the interest in the case and asks the public to detain the verdict until the investigation is completed. The division also releases edited copies of supplementary incident reports from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

“This case is complex and we will not rush into this or any investigation. Investigation decisions we make throughout this case must be able to withstand the investigation of criminal proceedings. SLED agents continue to interview potential witnesses, collect and process potential evidence and examine all lead with the same diligence we indulge in every case, “SLED chief Mark Keel said in a statement.

“SLED agents are working tirelessly with our partners to build a case against any person responsible for the murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh to ensure justice is done,” Keel added.

Stone, the 14th Circuit Solicitor, issues a statement saying it is “neither wise nor appropriate” to comment on the case, saying his office will act “quickly and ethically” if conflicts of interest arise in the case.

He notes that there is no clear suspicion of the double murder and contrasts it with Paul Murdaugh’s sailing case in 2019.

“That was not the situation when I dismissed my office in the wake of the 2019 sailing accident that Paul Murdaugh was eventually accused of,” Stone said in the statement. “In that case, it was immediately clear that Mr Murdaugh would be suspicious that his father owned the boat in which they involved traveled and that other passengers were related to staff in my office. Thus, any comparison of these cases is not appropriate. “

22nd of June:

SLED reopens an investigation into the unresolved death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, whose body was found on the road in 2015 in Hampton County.

The agency says the probe is reopening based on information gathered while investigating the deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

June 25:

Alex Murdaugh, fourth generation of a powerful South Carolina dynasty, is leaving a court hearing in a personal injury lawsuit at the Richland County Courthouse.

Alex Murdaugh and his second son, Buster, announce a $ 100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Margaret and Paul.

July 22:

SLED releases edited audio of Alex Murdaugh’s 911 call the night of the killings. In the sound advises a desperate Murdaugh senders, his wife and son had been shot, are on the ground and not breathing.

August 11:

Despite his previous statement, 14th Circuit Solicitor Stone writes a letter to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, in which he says he intends to reject the Murdaugh inquests, reports WCSC.

He writes that the request comes “in view of the events of today in SLED’s investigation”, but does not provide further details.

Friday, September 3:

Alex Murdaugh is resigning from law firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick (PMPED), according to the firm.

Saturday, September 4:

Evidence markers sit at a location where Alex Murdaugh reported to police that he had been shot in Hampton County, South Carolina, on September 4th.
Murdaugh calls 911 and reports that he was shot early Saturday afternoon on a road in Hampton County, according to a statement from SLED spokesman Tommy Crosby. He was taken to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, where he was treated for a “superficial shot to the head,” the statement said.

“At present, no arrests have been made,” the statement said.

Monday, September 6:

Murdaugh is releasing a statement through his lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, to CNN-affiliated WCSC, in which he says he is withdrawing from the PMPED law firm and embarking on rehab.

“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made many decisions that I truly regret,” he said in the statement. “I am resigning from my law firm and going into rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders. I deeply regret everyone I have injured, including my family, friends and colleagues. I pray for prayers, while I rehabilitate myself and my relationships. “

Tuesday, September 7:

The law firm says Murdaugh resigned “after PMPED’s discovery that Alex was using funds in violation of PMPED standards and policies.”

“This is disappointing news for all of us. Rest assured that our firm will handle this in a straightforward manner. There is no room in our firm for such conduct,” the law firm said in a statement. PMPED says it plans to retain a forensic accounting firm “to conduct a thorough investigation” and has contacted law enforcement and the attorney in South Carolina.

Wednesday, September 8:

The Supreme Court of South Carolina is issuing an order suspending Alex Murdaugh’s license to practice law in the state.

According to the court, his license is “suspended pending further decision by this court”. The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office also confirms to CNN that Murdaugh has been deprived of his privilege of pursuing cases as a volunteer.

South Carolina lawyer resigns and goes into rehab after being shot in the head months after the death of his wife and son

Randy Murdaugh IV, Alex Murdaugh’s brother and also a lawyer at PMPED law firm, releases a statement of resignation.

“I was shocked, like the rest of my PMPED family, at being told about my brother, Alex, drug abuse and stealing money,” Randy Murdaugh wrote in the statement.

“I love my law firm family and also love Alex as my brother. Although I will support him in his healing, I do not support, endorse or excuse his behavior by stealing by manipulating his most trusted relationships,” Murdaugh says. “I will continue to pursue my client’s interests with the highest degree of honesty and integrity I have always done.”

Thursday, September 9:

Attorney Jim Griffin clarifies that Alex Murdaugh has an opioid addiction. Griffin says his client is in the early stages of treatment in an undisclosed location.

Friday, September 10:

A family spokesman is issuing a statement about Alex Murdaugh’s shooting, indicating the injury was more serious than a superficial wound.

“After the shooting, Alex had an entry and exit wound, his skull was broken, and it was not a self-inflicted bullet wound,” according to the statement.

The spokesman also added more details about what led to the incident.

“Alex withdrew after seeing a low tire indicator. A male driver in a blue pick-up asked him if he had any problems with the car, as soon as Alex responded, he was shot,” the statement said.

“We know that SLED continues to work hard to locate this person and the person or persons who murdered Maggie and Paul Murdaugh,” the statement said.

Monday, September 13:

SLED releases a statement announcing that it has launched an investigation into Alex Murdaugh “based on allegations that he misused funds in connection with his position as a former lawyer at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED) law firm in Hampton, South Carolina. “

“As head of SLED, I continue to urge the public to be patient and let this investigation run its course. Investigative decisions we make throughout this case and any potentially related case must ultimately withstand the investigation of criminal proceedings,” he said. chief marker Keel.

“As with all cases, SLED is committed to conducting a professional, thorough and impartial criminal investigation, no matter where the facts lead us.”

CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Dakin Andone, Angela Barajas, Caroline Kenny, Gregory Lemos, Shawn Nottingham, Rebekah Riess and Martin Savidge contributed to this report.


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