The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is the agency investigating the deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh. Their bodies were found dead on June 7, 2021 on the family’s 1760 acre property. It has been one month since the tragic murders and no one has been arrested. Documents released from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were heavily redacted. It is not uncommon for law enforcement to take extra time in investigating complex cases. There are many moving parts in this high profile case. SLED has not released any information about an arrest or arrests being made; SLED has an ongoing investigation. There is a $100,000 reward being offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.
New court documents allege civil conspiracy in fatal boat crash involving Paul Murdaugh
On Wednesday, July 7, Columbia, S.C., attorneys filed a petition on behalf of Connor Cook, one of five survivors of the February 2019.
According to the petition, Cook “believes the depositions and phone records are necessary to confirm or refute evidence of a civil conspiracy arising from testimony contained in the depositions of law enforcement officers taken in an associated civil case”.
The petition adds that Cook “is informed and believes these potential deponents may have information regarding a conspiracy to misdirect the criminal investigation away from now deceased Paul Murdaugh, and to wrongfully shift the focus to Petitioner.”
Cook’s attorney believes officers named in the new petition “may have information of collusion and/or a civil conspiracy to shift the blame for the boat accident away from Paul Murdaugh by wrongfully shifting the focus to Petitioner…”
Here’s what is known so far about the Paul Murdaugh Shooting:
- Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey places the time of death for Paul Murdaugh and his mother between between 9 and 9:30 p.m
- Both victims were shot multiple times
- Unconfirmed reports say Paul Murdaugh was killed by a shotgun while his mother was shot with an assualt rifle
- SLED is “in contact” with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
- A 911 call came in around 10 p.m. stating that two people were shot dead at an address on Moselle Road in Islandton on a 174-acre parcel of land owned by the Murdaugh family
- The bodies were found by Alex Murdaugh, husband of Maggie Murdaugh and father of Paul
- Both bodies were found outside, near a dog kennel, with multiple gunshot wounds
- Alex Murdaugh claims to have been out at the time of the shooting
- The father, Alex Murdaugh, is a senior member of the prominent South Carolina Murdaugh law firm
- Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said it turned the investigation over to SLED because of a conflict of interest
- Alex Murdaugh was named by authorities as a “Person of Interest” in the case. More on that here.