A mother and son from a prominent South Carolina legal family were found shot and killed on the family land. Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh 22 were shot several times and their bodies found near a dog kennel.
Who are Paul and Maggie Murdaugh?
Paul and Maggie were a mother and son from a prominent South Carolina family who were found shot to death at their family’s Colleton County hunting lodge “Moselle”. Their family law firm confirmed their death on June 8, 2021.
Police in Colleton county found the two dead from gunshots on property near Islandton around 10 p.m. Monday, the sheriff’s department said.
— Colleton County Sheriff's Office (@ccsocares) June 8, 2021
Paul Murdaugh was a controversial figure and was awaiting trial on a charge of boating under the influence causing death in the February 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach. The woman’s body was found seven days after the crash.
After the accident, it led to stories questioning whether his family ties to the legal system in the area affected the investigation.
Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were shot “execution-style” in a premeditated very ugly scene. The suspect of the murder is unknown and neither is the motive.
Paul Murdaugh was Facing Felony Charges before this incident
Paul was facing felony charges over the death of Mallory Beach. Beach died in a boating crash near Beaufort, South Carolina, in 2019. Reports indicated that the teens were suspected of driving the boat while drunk. He was facing three felony counts of boating under the influence at the time of his death.
The Triton boat owned by Alex Murduagh rammed into a bridge ejecting six passengers ages 19 and 20. Only Beach died.
According to the Police, the survivors were grossly intoxicated.
According to the Island Packett Renee Beach, Mallory’s mother filed a lawsuit against former solicitor Randolph Murdaugh III, his son Richard Alexander Murdaugh and his grandson Richard Alexander Murdaugh Jr. Pauls’ older brother Buster. In the suit, it indicated that Buster Murdaugh allowed Paul Murduagh to use his ID to buy alcohol.
Depositions, in that case, alleged that Paul Murdaugh was “drunk and belligerent,” even acting “like he was on drugs,” and he refused people’s attempts to get him to stop driving the boat. He was described as “crazy drunk,” and his girlfriend, another woman (not Beach), alleged he “slapped her and spit on her as she sat on a cooler,” the television station reported.
Paul Mardaugh’s case was pending at the time of his death. Paul is pictured on the left of this family photo.
The Mardaughs are Well Known
According to heavy.com Alexander Murdaugh is a well-known attorney with the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick Law Firm. His company bio says that he graduated from Hampton High School and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina in 1990, “a Juris Doctorate Degree in May 1994 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November 1994.”
“Alex represents injured persons in all areas of personal injury law, including trucking cases, products liability and wrongful death. He also serves as a part-time Prosecutor for the 14th Judicial Circuit,” the bio says.
The tragedy of Beachs death casts a shadow over the shooting of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh, although there is no indication at this point that the deaths are related.