A prominent attorney in South Carolina, whose wife and son were killed at their hunting estate in June, was shot in the head a day after he resigned from the powerhouse law firm his family helped establish.
Alex Murdaugh resigned from Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, and Detrick PA (PMPED) on Friday, according to a statement from the personal injury law firm based in Hampton, South Carolina. The report accused Murdaugh of misusing funds.
Murdaughand said he was entering rehab after facing “a long battle that has been exacerbated” by the murders of his wife, Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh, 52, and the couple’s youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, 22.
“The murders of my wife and son have caused a tough time in my life. I havemany decisions that I truly regret,” according to the statement provided by Amanda Loveday of NP Strategy, a public relations firm in Columbia, South Carolina.
“I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that these murders have exacerbated,” the statement continued. “I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt, including my family, friends, and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.” Loveday did not immediately respond to questions about the rehab facility’s location or the program’s nature.
The law firm said law enforcement and the South Carolina Bar had been notified. “(Alex Murdaugh) is no longer associated with PMPED. His resignation came after the discovery by PMPED that Alex misappropriated funds in violation of PMPED standards and policies,” the statement said, in part. “A forensic accounting firm will be retained to conduct a thorough investigation.”
“This is disappointing news for all of us,” the statement continued. “Rest assured that our firm will straightforwardlywith this.” A day after Murdaugh resigned, he had called 911 to report being shot in the head, South Carolina state police confirmed. Murdaugh was changing a tire on the side of a rural road in Hampton County when the shooting happened. He was taken to a hospital with superficial injuries.
Meanwhile, noin the deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh at their hunting estate in Colleton County on June 7. Both victims were shot multiple times and were discovered by Alex Murdaugh on the ground in front of the family’s dog kennels, Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said.
The killings have prompted internationalmedia discussion groups, podcasts, and pending television documentaries. Murdaugh is the son of the late Randolph Murdaugh III, a former 14th Circuit Solicitor like his father, Randolph Jr., and grandfather, Randolph Sr., before him. For more than 85 years, this trio served as chief prosecutors over the five-county Lowcountry region.
In 1910, Randolph Sr. founded a law firm in Hampton that would become Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, and Detrick, PA. Several generations of Murdaughs have at the personal injury law firm, whose website lists millions in settlements recovered for its clients.
Since the killings, Alex Murdaugh and his surviving son, Buster, have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or arrests and convictions. The Murdaugh family was already in the regional spotlightin Beaufort County, where Mallory Beach, 19, died.
Paul Murdaugh was charged with three felony counts of boating under the influence and waiting for trial when killed. He hadto all counts. Alex Murdaugh and others are still facing a wrongful death civil suit filed by Beach’s mother, Renee, on behalf of Mallory’s estate.