PAUL Murdaugh, who was 22, and his mother were found dead on their family’s land in South Carolina on June 7, 2021.
The younger Murdaugh was awaiting trial for boating under the influence in connection with a 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Who was Paul Murdaugh and how did he die?
Paul Murdaugh and 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh were shot several times and their bodies were discovered near a dog kennel in Colleton County.
No arrests have been made in the double homicide case.
It is unclear how many times mother and son were shot – more details are expected to be released after autopsies are conducted later this week.
One victim may have been killed with a shotgun and the other may have been shot with an assault rifle, sources told The Island Packet.
Colleton County deputies turned the investigation into the double murder over to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Mallory Beach lost her life in 2019[/caption]
SLED officials do not believe there is a danger to the public, according to The Island Packet.
“The Murdaugh family and PMPED wish to thank everyone for the many calls and condolences in the aftermath of the deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh,” a statement from the Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick law firm read.
“We ask for your continued patience and prayers through this tragic time.”
Paul Murdaugh had previously pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges related to Mallory Beach’s death. Her body was found seven days after the February 2019 boat crash.
His family’s ties to the legal system sparked questions about whether the investigation into the teen’s death was done properly.
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Paul Murdaugh’s grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather had been longtime elected solicitors in the area.
“The Beach family extends its deepest and warmest sympathies to the Murdaugh family during this terrible time,” a lawyer for the Beaches said in a statement.
“Having suffered the devastating loss of their own daughter, the family prays that the Murdaughs can find some level of peace from this tragic loss.”