For nearly three months, the question of who killed the wife and son of Alex Murdaugh, a prominent attorney in rural South Carolina, has gripped the Lowcountry region as harrowing details of the crime emerged, but police did. no arrests.
On Saturday, the mystery deepened when Mr. Murdaugh himself was shot in the head while changing a tire on the side of the road, according to his attorney, Jim Griffin, who said Mr. Murdaugh was conscious and could talk on the phone. from his hospital bed.
mr. Murdaugh told one of his brothers from the hospital that he had stopped to change the tire when someone in a truck passed him, then he drove back and shot him, Mr. Griffin.
Tommy Crosby, a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the police department investigating the original double murder, confirmed that Mr. Murdaugh had been shot in Hampton County, a rural county bordering Georgia, but said he could no longer deliver. details.
Mr. Murdaugh is a lawyer whose father, grandfather, and great-grandfather each served as the top prosecutor in a wide swath of the southern part of the state for more than eight decades, forming a legal dynasty that left people wondering if they were being targeted.
On June 7, he returned to his family’s home in Islandton, a hamlet of fewer than 100 people, to find that his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and his son, Paul Murdaugh, a college student, had been fatally shot.
Since then, questions have arisen as to who the perpetrator might have been, and the family has been intensively investigated, in particular that at the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on charges of driving under the influence in connection with a 2019 crash that killed a 19-year-old woman who was a passenger.
Documents and videos released since Paul Murdaugh’s death have raised questions about whether the police were careless or gave him favorable treatment, though they have denied that. In one case, a passenger on the boat told a Department of Natural Resources officer that Paul Murdaugh had been driving the boat, but the officer wrote in a report that the passenger said he wasn’t sure who the driver was.
In June, Alex promised Murdaugh a $100,000 reward for information leading to a conviction against whoever killed his wife and son.
His family has said little about the matter, although Mr. Murdaugh said in a televised interview shortly after the murder that the family was “in pain” and that they were concerned that they had not taken the threats against Paul Murdaugh about the boating accident seriously enough.
On Saturday, Mr. Griffin said that shooting his client had only exacerbated the suffering of the family.
“It’s shocking and very disturbing, without a question,” Mr. Griffin said. “We’re all wondering what the hell is going on.”