Homicide and thriller in South Carolina: A timeline of the Murdaugh household killings

2021-09-14 22:43:12

Nobody has but been arrested within the shootings, however authorities have pledged to resolve them. And the investigation has taken them in surprising instructions; whereas trying into the killings, investigators determined to reopen an unsolved dying case from 2015.

This is a timeline of what we all know concerning the Murdaugh household’s illustrious historical past, the killings of Margaret Murdaugh and her son Paul, the capturing of Alex Murdaugh final week and the course of the investigation all through.

Over three generations, a member of the Murdaugh household serves because the 14th Circuit Solicitor, which leads prosecutions for Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties within the southern a part of South Carolina.

Randolph Murdaugh Sr. is elected to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Workplace in 1920 and serves within the place till his dying in 1940.

His son Randolph Murdaugh Jr. then takes over the place and serves till his retirement in 1986.

His son Randolph Murdaugh III then is elected to the position in 1987 and serves by the tip of 2005.

In 2006, then-Gov. Mark Sanford appoints legal professional Duffie Stone to function the 14th Circuit Solicitor, making him the primary non-Murdaugh within the place. He has been elected to the place 3 times since, most just lately in 2016.

2019:

A ship crashes at a bridge close to Parris Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, on February 24, killing 19-year-old Mallory Seaside, based on the South Carolina Lawyer Common in paperwork obtained by CNN.

Six individuals have been on board the boat on the time of the crash, together with 19-year-old Paul T. Murdaugh. His father, Alex Murdaugh, a neighborhood legal professional and the son of Randolph Murdaugh III, owns the boat.

Stone, the 14th Circuit Solicitor, recuses himself from the case due to the non-public connections.

Paul Murdaugh is indicted in April on fees of cruising below the affect (BUI) inflicting nice bodily hurt and inflicting dying in connection to the crash, court docket data present. He pleads not responsible.

This undated photo shows, from left, Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdaugh.

June 7, 2021:

Alex Murdaugh, 53, calls 911 and experiences he discovered his spouse Margaret, 52, and son Paul, then 22, shot lifeless exterior of their residence in Islandton, a small group about an hour north of Hilton Head Island, based on the South Carolina Legislation Enforcement Division (SLED).

Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies decide each victims had a number of gunshot wounds.

June 10:

Randolph Murdaugh III dies peacefully at his residence at age 81, based on his obituary.

June 15:

"Keep Out" signs marked one entrance to the Murdaugh family property in Islandton, where a double homicide occurred.
SLED releases primary info concerning the killings on June 7, saying Alex Murdaugh had known as 911 at 10:07 p.m. and investigators collected proof that night time and the following morning.

“We proceed to pursue all leads and the investigation is definitely energetic and ongoing right now,” the company mentioned. “We are going to proceed to submit all forensic proof to SLED’s forensic lab. SLED is dedicated to conducting an expert and thorough felony investigation to deliver justice within the deaths of Paul and Maggie.”

June 17:

Alex Murdaugh’s brothers, John Marvin Murdaugh and Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh IV, communicate to “Good Morning America” concerning the killings. They are saying Alex known as them “distraught” with the information that his spouse and son had been shot. They are saying they don’t imagine their brother is concerned.

“My brother cherished Maggie and cherished Paul like nothing else on this earth, similar to he loves (his different son) Buster,” Randy instructed “GMA.” “So there is no attainable manner he may have something to do with this, I can guarantee you.”

June 21:

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

SLED acknowledges the curiosity within the case and asks the general public to withhold judgment till the investigation is full. The division additionally releases redacted copies of supplemental incident experiences from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Workplace.

“This case is complicated, and we is not going to rush this or any investigation. Investigative selections we make all through this case should face up to the scrutiny of the felony justice course of. SLED brokers proceed to interview attainable witnesses, acquire and course of potential proof, and examine each lead with the identical diligence we commit to each case,” SLED Chief Mark Keel mentioned in a press release.

“SLED brokers are working tirelessly with our companions to construct a case towards any individual liable for the murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh to make sure that justice is served,” Keel added.

Stone, the 14th Circuit Solicitor, releases a press release saying it’s “neither prudent nor correct” to touch upon the case and says that his workplace will act “promptly and ethically” if conflicts of curiosity come up within the case.

He notes there isn’t any clear suspect within the double killing and contrasts that with Paul Murdaugh’s 2019 boating case.

“That was not the state of affairs once I recused my workplace within the aftermath of the 2019 boating crash for which Paul Murdaugh was ultimately charged,” Stone mentioned within the assertion. “In that case, it was instantly obvious Mr. Murdaugh could be a suspect, that his father owned the boat during which these concerned have been travelling and that different passengers have been associated to workers of my workplace. Thus, any comparability of those instances merely is just not apt.”

June 22:

SLED reopens an investigation into the unsolved dying of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, whose physique was discovered within the highway in 2015 in Hampton County.

The company says the probe is being reopened based mostly on info gathered whereas investigating the deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

June 25:

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

Alex Murdaugh and his different son, Buster, announce a $100,000 reward for info resulting in the conviction of the individual or individuals liable for the killings of Margaret and Paul.

July 22:

SLED releases redacted audio of Alex Murdaugh’s 911 name the night time of the killings. Within the audio, a distraught Murdaugh advises dispatchers his spouse and son had been shot, are on the bottom and will not be respiratory.

August 11:

Regardless of his earlier assertion, 14th Circuit Solicitor Stone writes a letter to South Carolina Lawyer Common Alan Wilson saying he intends to recuse himself from the Murdaugh dying investigations, WCSC experiences.

He writes that the request comes “contemplating the occasions of in the present day in SLED’s investigation” however doesn’t present additional particulars.

Friday, September 3:

Alex Murdaugh resigns from the regulation agency Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick (PMPED), based on the agency.

Saturday, September 4:

Evidence markers sit at a location where Alex Murdaugh reported to police he had been shot in Hampton County, South Carolina, on September 4.
Murdaugh calls 911 and experiences he was shot early Saturday afternoon on a highway in Hampton County, based on a press release from SLED spokesperson Tommy Crosby. He was taken to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, the place he was handled for a “superficial gunshot wound to the pinnacle,” the assertion mentioned.

“Right now no arrests have been made,” the assertion mentioned.

Monday, September 6:

Murdaugh releases a press release by his legal professional, Dick Harpootlian, to CNN affiliate WCSC saying he’s resigning from the PMPED regulation agency and getting into rehab.

“The murders of my spouse and son have brought on an extremely tough time in my life. I’ve made quite a lot of selections that I really remorse,” he says within the assertion. “I am resigning from my regulation agency and getting into rehab after an extended battle that has been exacerbated by these murders. I’m immensely sorry to everybody I’ve harm together with my household, mates and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”

Tuesday, September 7:

The regulation agency says Murdaugh resigned “after the invention by PMPED that Alex misappropriated funds in violation of PMPED requirements and insurance policies.”

“That is disappointing information for all of us. Relaxation assured that our agency will cope with this in a simple method. There is no place in our agency for such conduct,” the regulation agency says in a press release. PMPED says it plans to retain a forensic accounting agency “to conduct an intensive investigation” and has contacted regulation enforcement and the South Carolina Bar.

Wednesday, September 8:

The South Carolina Supreme Court docket points an order suspending Alex Murdaugh’s license to observe regulation within the state.

Based on the court docket, his license “is suspended till additional order of this Court docket.” The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Workplace additionally confirms to CNN that Murdaugh has been stripped of his privilege of prosecuting instances as a volunteer.

South Carolina attorney resigns and enters rehab after being shot in the head months after deaths of his wife and son

Randy Murdaugh IV, Alex Murdaugh’s brother and likewise an legal professional at PMPED regulation agency, releases a press release concerning the resignation.

“I used to be shocked, simply as the remainder of my PMPED household, to study of my brother, Alex’s, drug habit and stealing of cash,” Randy Murdaugh writes within the assertion.

“I really like my regulation agency household and likewise love Alex as my brother. Whereas I’ll assist him in his restoration, I don’t assist, condone, or excuse his conduct in stealing by manipulating his most trusted relationships,” Murdaugh says. “I’ll proceed to pursue my shopper’s pursuits with the very best diploma of honesty and integrity, as I at all times have.”

Thursday, September 9:

Lawyer Jim Griffin specifies that Alex Murdaugh has an opioid habit. Griffin says his shopper is within the early phases of remedy at an undisclosed location.

Friday, September 10:

A household spokesperson points a press release about Alex Murdaugh’s capturing that signifies the harm was extra severe than a superficial wound.

“After the capturing, Alex had an entry and exit wound, his cranium was fractured and it was not a self-inflicted bullet wound,” based on the assertion.

The spokesperson additionally added extra particulars about what led as much as the incident.

“Alex pulled over after seeing a low tire indicator mild. A male driver in a blue pick-up requested him if he had automobile troubles, as quickly as Alex replied, he was shot,” the assertion mentioned.

“We all know that SLED is continuous to work diligently to seek out this individual and the individual or folks that murdered Maggie and Paul Murdaugh,” the assertion mentioned.

Monday, September 13:

SLED releases a press release asserting it has opened an investigation into Alex Murdaugh “based mostly upon allegations that he misappropriated funds in connection to his place as a former lawyer with the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, & Detrick (PMPED) regulation agency in Hampton, South Carolina.”

“As Chief of SLED, I proceed to induce the general public to be affected person and let this investigation take its course. Investigative selections we make all through this case and any doubtlessly associated case should finally face up to the scrutiny of the felony justice course of,” mentioned Chief Mark Keel.

“As with all instances, SLED is dedicated to conducting an expert, thorough, and neutral felony investigation, regardless of the place the details 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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