SLED Releases Statement on Murdaugh Murder Investigation

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  • July 22, 2021
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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is committed to a thorough, fair, and impartial investigation into the murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh. We understand the interest this case has drawn and urge the public to withhold judgment until our investigation is complete.


We have received and are currently processing a significant number of FOIA requests for documents related to this case. In the interest of transparency, SLED is releasing redacted copies of the supplemental incident reports recently received from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. We will continue to evaluate the records in this case and will release additional information when possible.
“As Chief of SLED I urge the public to be patient and let the investigation take its course. This case is complex, and we will not rush this or any investigation. Investigative decisions we make throughout this case must withstand the scrutiny of the criminal justice process. SLED agents continue to interview possible witnesses, collect and process potential evidence, and investigate every lead with the same diligence we devote to every case.”


“SLED agents are working tirelessly with our partners to build a case against any person responsible for the murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh to ensure that justice is served,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel.
If you have any information related to this case, please call SLED’s 24-hour dedicated tip line at (803) 896-2605.

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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.
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