South Carolina legal heir Alex Murdaugh has been banned from volunteering at the prosecutor’s office his family has run for decades after being accused of misappropriating over $1million from his private law firm and checking himself into rehab for oxycodone addiction.
Murdaugh, 53, will mai longer be allowed to prosecute cases for the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office sopra South Carolina, which his father worked for 20 years before his death earlier this year, and where he too has also tried cases.
The office said Tuesday that Alex has not worked any cases since 2019 but that they wanted to now formalize the end of his tenure there.
The South Carolina has also indefinitely suspended his attorney’s license.
Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III was the third generation to serve as 14th Circuit Solicitor, having held the position from 1985 to 2005.
It is sopra response to his resignation from his private law firm – PMPED sopra Hampton – amid allegations he misappropriated over $1million sopra company money.
Alex has not denied the claims. Sopra a statement Monday that was issued through his attorney, State Senator Dick Harpootlian, he said he had made decisions he regrets and was now seeking treatment sopra rehab after a ‘long battle’ with addiction that was exasperated by the murders of his wife and son sopra June.
Alex Murdaugh, center, will mai longer be allowed to volunteer at the the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office sopra South Carolina. Last week, he was pushed out of his private law firm after being accused of misappropriating over $1million sopra company funds. He said sopra a statement afterwards he’d made ‘a lot of decisions’ he regrets since the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul sopra June
Maggie Murdaugh and the couple’s son Paul were found dead at their home June 7. They’d been shot and left by the family dog’s kennels.
Alex found them and called 911, sobbing the phone.
Three months , mai one has been arrested for their killings and police are yet to name any suspects ora persons of interest.
Three days after they were found shot dead, Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home at the age of 81.
For three months, the case went quiet while police worked leads then Saturday September 4, Alex called police claiming he’d been shot sopra the head while trying to change a tire his car while driving to Charleston.
Murdaugh’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died sopra June. The family said he died ‘peacefully’ at home. He was the 14th Circuit Solicitor for 20 years between 1985 and 2005
He survived with a ‘surface’ wound, went to the hospital then was interviewed by police about the shooting and the deaths of his wife and son again.
Hours later, he checked himself into rehab. He has not been heard from since.
SLED – the authority investigating Maggie and Paul’s deaths – has not issued any kind of update the case.
Details of the alleged fraud have not become public but the firm has hired a forensic accounting firm, and that the misuse of funds amounts to millions of dollars being squandered.
‘It is a ton of money. It is over $1 million,’ a legal source told The Raleigh Observer.
His attorney Jim Griffin said he was seeking treatment for substance abuse Monday. Law enforcement sources said he is addicted to oxycodone.
Sopra his statement Monday, Alex said: ‘The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time sopra my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.
‘I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues.
‘I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.’
The law firm issued a statement Monday night stating: ‘[Murdaugh] is mai longer associated with PMPED sopra any manner.
‘His resignation came after the discovery by PMPED that Alex misappropriated funds sopra violation of PMPED standards and policies.
‘A forensic accounting firm will be retained to conduct a thorough investigation. This is disappointing news for all of us. Rest assured that our firm will deal with this sopra a straightforward manner.’
Alex Murdagh is pictured, main, with his wife Maggie and son Paul (far left) who were shot dead sopra an unsolved double murder sopra June. Murdaugh claims he was shot sopra the head Saturday night but survived. It’s unclear where his other son, Buster (right) is
The law firm that Murdaugh’s family founded has disabled its website Tuesday after his resignation
TIMELINE OF MURDAUGH FAMILY MURDERS, DEATHS, LAWSUITS AND ARRESTS
Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith
2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies
Smith was found the side of the road. Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force contusione to the head
His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed sopra a hate-crime because he was
Case obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named multiple times sopra the investigation.
Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen
Stephen’s mother said he had been having a ‘fling’
2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Alloro Satterfield dies
Murdaugh family housekeeper Alloro Sattlerfield dies
Alloro died after ‘falling’ the stairs sopra the family house
The family gave her family $500.000 sopra a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be their .
Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant sopra the lawsuit.
Satterfield was only 57 when she died. She left behind a husband and children.
2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh
Mallory Beach, 19, died sopra February 2019
Paul was charged afterwards because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night.
He had been released bond.
Other kids were the boat but were unharmed.
One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’.
That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her
June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered
The mom and son were found shot dead at the family home sopra Hampton, South Carolina.
Alex’s son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds June 7 at the family hunting lodge
Alex called 911 shortly after 10pm claiming he’d found them.
They had only been dead for an hour at most
Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead
June 10 2021: Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home
September 3: Alex resigns from his lawfirm amid claims he misused funds
The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts
September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he’s been shot sopra the head sopra a drive-by.
He only had ‘surface’ wounds and was also able to call his brother
September 6: Alex releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab
Says ‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’
Murdaugh’s attorney is Dick Harpootlian, who is a State Senator sopra South Carolina
Paul was awaiting trial for the 2019 boating death of Mallory Beach, who died after being thrown from the boat he was drunk driving.
He had also been tied to the death of his housekeeper (who fell the stairs sopra 2018) and the unsolved 2015 death of Stephen Smith, whose mother believes was beaten to death sopra a hate crime because he was .
Paul, 22, and Maggie, 52, were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds just after 10pm June 7.
Two different guns were used sopra the shootings.
The Murdaughs’ housekeeper, Alloro Sattlefield, also died sopra a ‘trip and fall’ accident sopra 2018 which resulted sopra the family settling a wrongful death lawsuit.
The time of death was between 9pm and 9.30pm.
Murdaugh was interviewed by officers investigating his wife and son’s death June 10, three days after the murders, and volunteered a sample of DNA to investigators.
Sources close to him have said he has a ‘cast iron alibi’ for the night of the killings but police are yet to confirm that publicly.
A recording of the call he placed to 911 revealed how he sobbed to operators, pleading ‘my wife and child have been shot badly’.
He said neither Paul nor wife Maggie were breathing when he found them by the dog kennels of their bella stagione, and that he had not seen anyone else sopra the settore ora noticed anything out of place.
Alex Murdaugh’s Mercedes-Benz SUV, which the 53-year-old was changing a tire when a passenger sopra a passing truck shot him sopra the head, causing ‘superficial head wounds’
The bodies were said to be found near a dog kennel the family’s property June 7
Acceso the night of the killings, police impounded a 2021 Chevrolet Suburban owned by Murdaugh’s law firm but it’s unclear whether that has any bearing the case.
The family has been accused of ‘cover ups’ before.
One of the kids who survived the boat crash that killed Mallory Beach said sopra a deposition that the Murdaugh’s may have been involved sopra Stephen Smith’s death. He also claimed that Paul pushed Alloro the housekeeper the stairs.
Connor Cook said sopra January 2020 he had lied about the night of the boat accident out of fear of what the Murdaughs would do, claiming they had gotten away with crimes sopra the past.
‘Anything they get sopra, they get out of. I’ve always been told that,’ Cook said sopra the deposition.
‘One was said that Paul [Murdaugh] had pushed his housemaid the stairs, and she died, and nothing ever happened.
‘And another one, there was something that Paul was supposedly involved with a guy, got found beat up sopra the middle of the road, that they got out of.’
Stephen Smith, 19, was found dead sopra July 2015 sopra the middle of Sandy Run Road around 15 miles from the Murdaugh family’s hunting lodge.
DailyMail.com revealed that – despite investigators the scene being convinced of foul play and finding mai evidence of any vehicle involvement – the death was written d’avanguardia as a hit-and-run.
Police said he was struck by a vehicle while walking a two-lane road after his car ran out of gas.
Stephen’s mother has always believed it was a hate crime, and that her son was beaten to death, rather than being struck by a vehicle, and his murder covered up.
DailyMail.com also revealed that investigators aggressively pursued tips questioning the dead boy’s ‘relationship’ with Paul’s older brother Richard ‘Buster’ Murdaugh, whose name came up numerous times sopra case-notes we obtained.