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Alex Murdaugh was always person of interest in spouse, son’s double homicide, his lawyer reveals


Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer admitted for the primary time this week that the disgraced South Carolina authorized scion has always been a person of interest in the double slaying of his spouse and son.

Murdaugh — who on Thursday was arrested for the second time in a month — had been the one who referred to as 911 after discovering the bullet-riddled our bodies of spouse Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son Paul in June.

His lawyer, Jim Griffin, told FOX Carolina News on Wednesday that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) “has said from the get-go that Alex was a person of interest” in the brutal slayings.

“SLED said the next morning — which is still mind-boggling to us — that the public need not be worried about their safety,” Griffin famous, although murder-suicide was instantly dominated out in the slayings.

Alex Murdaugh has always been a person of interest in the double homicide of his spouse and son, Murdaugh’s lawyer mentioned throughout a latest interview.
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That would trace that they thought it “must be domestic-related. And when you look at domestic violence, you look at the husband or father,” he mentioned of why his shopper would inevitably come beneath suspicion.

“SLED identified Alex as a person of interest. They’ve never eliminated him as a person of interest,” Griffin admitted.

Still, the truth that Murdaugh has not been charged greater than 4 months later ought to be seen as proof that he’s harmless, the lawyer mentioned.

“You would think that if Alex was the one who did it, that SLED would have been able to establish that pretty easily that night,” Griffin advised the native Fox station.

Full left to right is Buster, Maggie, Paul, Alex
Murdaugh discovered the our bodies of his spouse, Maggie, and their son Paul in June.

“You would think they would come up with something to link Alex to the murders, forensically or independent evidence. And to my knowledge, they have not done that,” he mentioned.

He conceded that officers “are not sharing any information,” however mentioned, “I believe if they had that they would have charged Alex. And they have not charged him.”

Griffin additionally admitted that his shopper had been a secret opioid addict for a minimum of 20 years — even suggesting it may very well be a “door” into the mushrooming sequence of crimes he’s since been linked to.

“I think it’s a door that is worthwhile pursuing … Is there something at the end that he, or those acquiring this drug from, did?” he requested.

Jim Griffin
Jim Griffin, Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer.

“Did he owe money, or did the middleman scam money and blame it on Alex? Was that a driver of this?” he requested.

“I don’t know. But it certainly gives a whole other avenue of inquiry that we didn’t know existed,” he admitted of his personal shopper, whom he mentioned he had been unable to talk to at size as a result of he’d been in rehab earlier than Thursday’s arrest.

Griffin dismissed earlier stories suggesting that Maggie Murdaugh had wished a divorce, claiming that textual content messages between the pair had been full of “I love you’s” with “no hint of domestic dispute.”

“He had no motive to kill them. He loved his wife, he loved his son,” he mentioned, claiming his shopper would by no means be succesful of murders “done in the most brutal fashion” with two separate weapons.

“I can assure you that we have Alex’s whereabouts accounted for completely during that period of time,” he mentioned, saying Murdaugh had been with his mom — who “has dementia.”

Asked why Murdaugh had unexpectedly gone to the weekend searching lodge the place he discovered his members of the family slain, Griffin conceded, “I don’t have any idea … I mean, I don’t have an answer.”

However, he insisted his pal “didn’t do it.”

Alex Murdaugh
Alex Murdaugh
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“I feel strongly that he didn’t do it,” mentioned Griffin, who knew and “thought the world” of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

“I can tell you that if in my heart of hearts I thought Alex had any role in the death of Maggie and Paul, I wouldn’t be so aggressively defending him,” he mentioned.

The Murdaughs had been one of South Carolina’s most outstanding authorized households, with three generations having served consecutively as solicitor for the 14th Circuit.

SLED didn’t reply to a request for remark about Murdaugh being a person of interest in his spouse and son’s deaths.

The company referred to as in the FBI final month to assist, with SLED chief Mark Keel vowing on the time, “Our agents remain committed to following the facts no matter where they lead us.”

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