Major update as Alex Murdaugh indicted for murder of wife & son found dead at hunting lodge after his chilling 911 call | The Sun

DISGRACED attorney Alex Murdaugh has been indicted for the June 2021 murders of his wife and youngest son.

A South Carolina grand jury charged Murdaugh on Thursday with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon.



On June 7, 2021, Murdaugh called 911 after he found his wife, Maggie, and his 22-year-old son, Paul, shot multiple times on their hunting lodge property in rural Colleton County.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said agents and city officials had worked tirelessly to build a case against the person "responsible for the murders of Maggie and Paul".

Keel said Thursday's indictment is "one more step in a long process for justice for Maggie and Paul.”

The state's attorney general's office has not released any details on how police linked Murdaugh to the deaths after a 13-month investigation.

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More details may be released in a bond hearing, which has not been scheduled.

'BLOOD SPATTERED SHIRT'

However,  a source told CNN on Thursday that blood spatters were found on his clothing — suggesting he had been close to at least one of his family members when they were shot.

The source confirmed an earlier report by FITSNews, which said that a significant amount of high-velocity impact spatter was found on the shirt Murdaugh wore that night.

It “could have only come from one thing,” a source told the local outlet, which has broken numerous stories in the case while producing a podcast, “Murdaugh Murders.”

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On Wednesday, the Today show said that video footage was discovered placing the once powerful lawyer at the murder scene.

The video was recovered from his deceased son’s phone, a source told CNN.

Although Murdaugh was not seen in the video, he was heard talking to his wife — with a timestamp showing it was just before the slaying, when the lawyer claimed to be visiting his ailing dad and checking on his mom, CNN reports.

'IT'S BAD'

On the day of the murders, authorities said Murdaugh sounded deeply upset and agitated when he called 911, immediately identifying himself and telling the operator his “wife and child have been shot” on his property.

“I’ve been up to it now. It’s bad,” Murdaugh said.

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey revealed that Maggie and Paul were found on the ground near the family dog kennels, and both died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The disgraced lawyer and his attorneys have repeatedly denied any role in the deaths.


MURDAUGH FACING DOZENS OF CHARGES

Murdaugh has been behind bars on a $7million bond, facing dozens of charges, including financial crimes and faking his own death in an attempted life insurance scam.

He also admitted to a secret 20-year opioid addiction.

Last month, South Carolina authorities announced they will be exhuming the body of former Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield to investigate her death further.

Satterfield died in 2018 after allegedly tripping and falling in the Murdaugh home, where she had worked for two decades.

Last year, SLED announced it was opening a criminal investigation into her death.

Hampton County requested further investigations after the coroner noted inconsistencies in the conclusion of Satterfield's cause of death and information found during the agency's ongoing investigations into Murdaugh's wrongdoings.

"The decedent's death was not reported to the Coroner at the time, nor was an autopsy performed," the coroner's request to SLED said at the time.

"On the death certificate, the manner of death was ruled 'Natural,' which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident."

According to court documents, Murdaugh told Satterfield's sons that he was personally responsible for the fall and that he would "sue himself" so that they would be financially taken care of.

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Three years later, the family said they had never received any money from him.

Last September, Satterfield's sons filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Murdaugh.

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