South Carolina investigators launch timeline of double homicide of mom, son

A vehicle sits in the driveway of a home, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in rural Colleton County, near Islandton, S.C. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP)

The South Carolina Legislation Enforcement Division (SLED) launched an preliminary timeline and different particulars in regards to the double homicide final week of a mom and son who belong to a strong authorized household from South Carolina’s Lowcountry. 

Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mom, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, had been discovered shot to demise close to canine kennels on the household’s Colleton County property on the night of June 7. 

The daddy, R. Alexander Murdaugh Sr., known as 911 at 10:07 p.m. that evening and informed the operator he had returned residence and located their our bodies, SLED stated Tuesday. 

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey informed The Island Packet that each Paul and Maggie Murdaugh died someday between 9 and 9:30 p.m. from a number of gunshot wounds.

A vehicle sits in the driveway of a home, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in rural Colleton County, near Islandton, S.C. A mother and son from a prominent South Carolina legal family were found shot and killed on the family's land, and authorities said they have made no arrests in the double homicide case. 

A car sits within the driveway of a house, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in rural Colleton County, close to Islandton, S.C. A mom and son from a outstanding South Carolina authorized household had been discovered shot and killed on the household’s land, and authorities stated they’ve made no arrests within the double murder case. 
(Andrew J. Whitaker/The Submit And Courier by way of AP)

Native sheriff’s deputies instantly responded to the house and secured the scene, then contacted SLED at 10:28 p.m. to request help within the investigation. SLED brokers arrived shortly after midnight.


On the time of his demise on June 7, Paul Murdaugh was out on a $50,000 private recognizance bond for a 2019 incident through which he allegedly crashed a ship whereas drunk, inflicting the demise of 19-year-old Mallory Seashore. 

Police are investigating whether or not Paul Murdaugh was focused within the shootings, whereas his mom was killed as a result of she was on the residence by probability, the Island Packet reported

The Murdaughs are one of the vital highly effective authorized households in South Carolina, with a member of the household serving as the highest prosecutor within the state’s Lowcountry for 87 years straight till 2005. 

Randolph Murdaugh, Sr. was solicitor of the 14th Circuit from 1920 to 1940. He was succeeded by his son, Randolph “Buster” Murdaugh, who served within the function from 1940 to 1986. Then Buster’s son, Randolph Murdaugh III, was elected in 1986 and served till 2005, when he retired from public workplace. 

Randolph Murdaugh III died on Thursday on the age of 81, simply two days after the deaths of his grandson and daughter-in-law. A reason for demise was not introduced, however a state senator stated the elder Murdaugh was in intensive care when she requested for prayers for the household on Tuesday evening. 


SLED had not launched many particulars in regards to the investigation into Paul and Maggie Murdaugh’s deaths earlier than the timeline Tuesday, however stated they’ll put an emphasis on transparency shifting ahead. 

“SLED is additional dedicated to transparency and can launch any further info, together with further info offered through the 911 name, on the acceptable time,” the legislation enforcement company stated Tuesday. “Nonetheless, we can not and won’t do something that might jeopardize the integrity of this investigation or that may violate the due course of afforded to all in our constitutional system of justice.”

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