Influential US lawyer charged with murder of son and wife

Alex Murdaugh initially denied involvement and then tried to fake his own murder.

An influential US lawyer, at the center of a shady case that has been in the news for more than a year, was charged Thursday with the murder of his son and wife. Alex Murdaugh, 54, is charged with killing his wife Maggie with a gun and his son Paul with a gun on June 7, 2021, according to charges passed by a South Carolina grand jury.

That day, he had called 911 and explained that he had found the bodies of his wife, 52, and his son, a 22-year-old college student, riddled with bullets outside the family pavilion. As a member of a family of very wealthy and influential local dignitaries, he had denied any responsibility for the crime and was not officially involved in it.

$10 Million Life Insurance

However, in September 2021, he fell into the limelight when he attempted to fake his own death as part of an insurance scam. Confused by the police, he admitted that he had asked a former client to shoot him so that his last surviving son could receive $10 million in life insurance. The gunman shot him in the head on Sept. 4, but Alex Murdaugh survived. At the time, his lawyer had assured that he had suffered from severe opiate addiction for 20 years and that he had burst after the deaths of his relatives. However, the detectives had begun to investigate his cases more closely. In recent months, more than 70 fraud charges have been brought against him and he has been taken into custody. Specifically, he is suspected of embezzling the money of the clients of his law firm, for a total estimated at more than 8.5 million dollars.

He was also charged with money laundering in connection with the opiate trade. Authorities also opened an investigation into her housekeeper’s death in 2018. At the time, Alex Murdaugh explained that she fell down the stairs after tripping over a dog and the death was classified as “naturallyBut until today, he had not worried about the murder of his son and his wife. According to American media, he eventually became confused by suspicious blood stains on his clothes and phone calls that did not match his alibi. Alex Murdaugh, whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather served as prosecutors for a total of 87 years, has raised suspicions of possible complacency by the law enforcement warrant on the file.

The press also recalled that his son Paul was involved in a boating accident in 2019, which killed a young woman. He was accused of “sailing while drunk leading to deathbut no trial was ever scheduled. His death put an end to the proceedings.

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