Live updates Friday: Paul Murdaugh’s apartment searched, AG probes Mallory Beach boat crash
A state grand jury under the supervision of the SC Attorney General is investigating whether the case was obstructed after the 2019 boat crash that involved Paul Murdaugh and killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Meanwhile, the Fourteenth District Attorney's Office, which has withdrawn from investigating the boat crash due to its ties to the Murdaugh family, has not said it will do the same for investigating the June 7th murder of Paul Murdaugh and his mother, Maggie would.
On Friday, the law firm published a letter to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette stating that Alex Murdaugh, Paul's father and Maggie's husband, was an authorized volunteer for the office and was not paid for his work.
Other updates to the murder investigation: Police obtained an arrest warrant and ransacked Paul Murdaugh's Columbia home, The State newspaper told sources.
In addition, several news outlets have reported that members of the Murdaugh and Beach families, along with passengers in the boat crash, submitted DNA samples to investigators in the double homicide.
Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother Maggie, 52, were shot dead on June 7th outside their Colleton County estate. Alex Murdaugh called 911 at 10:07 pm. to report that he discovered the bodies.
Anyone with information can call the SLED tip hotline for this case at 803-896-2605.
USC home of Paul Murdaugh searched
Friday, 11:38 a.m .: Investigators from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division raided an apartment in Columbia near the University of South Carolina where the murdered Paul Murdaugh lived during the university's spring semester.
The search was conducted this week after SLED received a search warrant from a state judge.
"They took at least one computer with them and probably took fingerprints and DNA samples," said one person familiar with the search.
On June 8, the day after Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were found shot near Colleton County, a property manager at the Columbia apartment complex notified the Columbia Police of an open door in one of the units.
Although Columbia Police didn't specifically state that the open door belonged to Paul Murdaugh, sources told the state that the unit actually belonged to Murdaugh.
- John Monk
Grand jury investigation into boat crash obstruction
Friday, 9:44 a.m .: The Attorney General of S.C. launched an investigation into police handling of the 2019 boating accident which, according to a knowledgeable source, led to an indictment against Paul Murdaugh of drinking under the influence of boating.
A state grand jury operating under the supervision of the attorney general is specifically investigating obstruction to justice in this case, according to another source familiar with the situation.
A state grand jury is responsible for several districts and has subpoena powers.
The boat crash is being re-examined after the murders last week.
Sources confirmed that the attorney general's office is re-investigating the crash, despite attorney general Robert Kittle's spokesman saying he could "ever confirm or deny the existence of an investigation".
- John Monk, Jake Shore
Alex Murdaugh "authorizes" the law office to volunteer
Friday, 9:01 am: Alex Murdaugh, a Hampton attorney who told police he discovered the bodies of his wife and son, "volunteered for the Fourteenth District Attorney's Office," according to a letter received from The Island Packet authorized". and Beaufort Gazette newspapers.
Almost two weeks after Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were murdered, Duffie Stone, 14th District attorney, still refuses to say what role his office is playing in the investigation. The public prosecutor's spokesman did not report another call on Friday.
Alex Murdaugh, the letter said, supported his father, former attorney Randolph Murdaugh III, "in some cases." He is not an employee of the office and, according to the letter, was never paid.
Murdaugh's lawyer profile describes him as "a part-time District 14th District Attorney".
- Kacen Bayless, Jake Shore
Alex Murdaugh, Mallory Beach's family submits DNA
Friday, 8:17 am: Alex Murdaugh, Mallory Beach's family and everyone in the Sea Hunt boat that crashed near Parris Island in 2019 have "voluntarily" submitted DNA samples to investigators, according to an interview on Good Morning America.
"[Alex] was and is willing to do whatever is asked of him," said John Marvin Murdaugh, Alex's brother. "He wants that solved."
In a taped interview with Good Morning America's Eva Pilgrim that aired Thursday morning, Alex Murdaugh's two brothers said they hope the police will find out who killed Paul and Maggie.
“My brother loved Maggie and Paul like nothing else in the world,” said Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh IV. “It is hard to imagine that anyone could be so sick as to do this and intentionally kill such people. We see it in the world, we see it on the news, but you don't think it's going to happen in your little community, your family. "
- Kacen Bayless
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