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Mother and son of prominent South Carolina family found shot dead

Mother and son of prominent South Carolina family found shot dead

A mother and son — members of one of South Carolina’s most prominent families — were found shot dead on their property this week, police said.

The bodies of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her 22-year-old son Paul Murdaugh, 22 — who was facing trial in the boating death of a teenage coed — were found Monday evening with several gunshot wounds near a dog kennel at their home on Moselle Road in Islandton, a small town with only about 70 residents in central South Carolina, police said.

Few details of the investigation have been made public, and as of Friday, no arrests had been made.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it is probing the deaths as a double homicide and said it has turned the case over to the state’s Law Enforcement Division.

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.
There have been no arrests made in the slayings yet.
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Paul and Maggie pictured with Alex and Buster Murdaugh.
Paul, left, and Maggie pictured with Alex and Buster Murdaugh.
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Paul Murdaugh was facing trial in the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach, a University of South Carolina student who was killed in a boat crash in the waters north of Hilton Head Island in 2019. Paul had been allegedly operating the craft at the time.

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His grandfather, as well as his great-grandfather and great-great grandfather, were all elected and served as longtime 14th Circuit solicitors.

Paul’s father, Alex, works for the prestigious law firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick, which was founded by Randolph Murdaugh in 1910.

Paul Murdaugh was facing trial in the 2019 boating death of Mallory Beach.
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Paul Murdaugh was facing trial in the boating death of Mallory Beach.
Paul Murdaugh had allegedly been operating the boat when the accident that killed Mallory Beach, above, occurred.
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There have been few details released on the investigation into the death of the two Murdaughs.
There have been few details released on the investigation into the death of the two Murdaughs.
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“We ask for your continued patience and prayers through this tragic time,” reads a post the firm put on Facebook. “Please contact law enforcement should you have any information that may be important.”

Beach’s family offered the Murdaughs their condolences in the wake of the news.

“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. They would like the family and the community to know that their thoughts and continued prayers are with the Murdaughs,” the family said in a statement to WTOC 11.

With Post wires

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