Murder charges pending for Alex Murdaugh. 'We want the truth,' family says

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The state intends to seek criminal charges against suspended attorney Richard "Alex" Murdaugh in connection with the 2021 double homicide of his wife and younger son, according to Alex Murdaugh's younger brother, John Marvin Murdaugh.

John Marvin Murdaugh told The Hampton County Guardian that agents with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) met with family members early Tuesday "as a courtesy" to inform them that they intended to charge Alex Murdaugh in connection with the double homicide of Margaret Branstetter Murdaugh and Paul Terry Murdaugh.

They said that charges would likely be coming before a grand jury soon, John Marvin Murdaugh said.

State officials are set to announce criminal charges in the shooting deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, say family members.
State officials are set to announce criminal charges in the shooting deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, say family members.

"We have been in communication all along and they (SLED) told us they would let us know if any charges were coming against anyone," said John Marvin Murdaugh. "From day one all we have wanted is the truth. We seek justice and we want the truth."

SLED did not discuss any details on when the charges would be announced or disclose any evidence during the conversation, John Marvin Murdaugh said.

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Robert Kittle, spokesperson for the S.C. Attorney General's Office, said that he could not confirm or comment on any pending charges, although multiple South Carolina media outlets are citing sources close to the case as saying they expect an announcement on Thursday.

Jim Griffin, an attorney for Alex Murdaugh, sent the following statement to The Guardian Tuesday afternoon:

"We have not been advised by anyone associated with law enforcement or the Attorney General's office that Alex will be charged with murder. I am aware that SLED advised the family that they intend to seek murder indictments against him from a grand jury later this week. We won't have any comment until charges are actually brought against Alex."

Murdaugh's wife, Margaret, aka Maggie, 52, and his son, Paul, 22, were shot and killed at their Colleton County estate, Moselle, on the night of June 7, 2021. Not long after the killings, Murdaugh and his other son, Buster, offered a reward for anyone offering information that led to an arrest in the case.

Murdaugh called 911 at 10:07 p.m. that night and reported that he had found the pair unresponsive and lying on the ground near the family's dog kennels. Both were shot multiple times.

At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was facing three felony boating under the influence charges related to the February 2019 boat crash that killed Mallory Beach, 19, of Hampton.

Since the killings, the Attorney General's Office and SLED have uncovered a web of financial and drug crimes allegedly involving Murdaugh that span more than a decade in several Lowcountry counties.

Murdaugh is currently facing a total of 84 criminal charges and 11 civil suits and is being detained in Richland County's Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on a $7 million bond he has been unable to meet.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Alex Murdaugh case: Murder charges pending in killing of wife and son