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South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh expected to be indicted on murder charges in slayings of his wife, son


A grand jury is expected to indict embattled South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh on murder charges in last year’s slayings of his wife and son, sources told NBC News on Tuesday, the latest twist in the sprawling scandal engulfing a local legal dynasty.

According to three sources close to the investigation, the grand jury is expected to indict later this week on double murder. They will announce the findings of the indication shortly thereafter. The family has been notified of the indictment and so has Murdaugh. Part of the indication is based on new evidence.

Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh, 52, and youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, 22, were found shot to death on the night of June 7, 2021, at their rural estate and hunting lodge in Colleton County, South Carolina. Murdaugh, 54, called 911 saying he had discovered the bodies of his wife and son of him.

Murdaugh has also been indicted on dozens of financial-related crimes.

From left, Paul, Margaret and Alex Murdaugh.via Facebook

In the wake of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s deaths, state law enforcement said they uncovered a financial scheme involving Murdaugh that began to untangle when, in September, he told authorities that he had been randomly attacked in a roadside shooting near the family’s estate.

He survived, but the claim came under scrutiny, and days later authorities said Murdaugh arranged for a man to kill him so that another son, Buster Murdaugh, the older brother of Paul Murdaugh, could collect on a $10 million life insurance policy.”

Maggie Murdaugh left her property to her husband in her will before she and their son were mysteriously killed, according to a copy of her last will and testament.

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Alex Murdaugh’s law license was suspended indefinitely last fall by the state’s highest court.

Earlier this year, he was indicted by a grand jury charging him with 21 counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and six counts of computer crimes, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office announced.

The indications allege that he stole more than $2.6 million from clients Natarsha Thomas, Arthur Badger, Deon Martin, and the family of Hakeem Pinckney.

In all four cases, Murdaugh allegedly used funds meant for his clients for his own personal use, the indications state.

Murdaugh was indicted in November and December by a South Carolina grand jury for 48 counts including breach of trust with fraudulent intent, forgery, money laundering, computer crimes and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Curtis Edwards Smith, then 61, who is accused of assisting Murdaugh in the failed suicide plot to collect life insurance money, was arrested in June, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The charges include four counts of money laundering, three counts of forgery, and criminal conspiracy, NBC affiliate WCBD-TV of Charleston reported.

Smith was previously arrested in September after investigators said Murdaugh gave him a gun and directed Smith to kill him. Smith was charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, and drug offenses.


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