The S.C. Regulation Enforcement Division now has 4 lively investigations involving Alex Murdaugh indirectly.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — State police confirmed Monday that they’ve opened an investigation into lacking cash {that a} regulation agency mentioned was taken by an legal professional from a distinguished South Carolina authorized household whose spouse and son have been killed at their residence three months in the past.

Monday’s announcement implies that, together with the investigation into the deaths, the State Regulation Enforcement Division has 4 different ongoing investigations into Alex Murdaugh and his household.

“I proceed to induce the general public to be affected person and let this investigation take its course. Investigative selections we make all through this case and any doubtlessly associated case should in the end stand up to the scrutiny of the legal justice course of,” State Regulation Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel mentioned in a two paragraph announcement.

Murdaugh’s PMPED regulation agency introduced earlier this month that Murdaugh had misappropriated cash from the enterprise and was now not related to the agency. Precisely how a lot cash may be lacking has not been made public.

Simply days after reporting a gunshot wound to his head, it turned public that Murdaugh was accused of misappropriating funds, had resigned from the powerhouse regulation agency his household helped set up, and introduced he was coming into rehab.

Richard Alexander Murdaugh

Richard Alexander Murdaugh

On Sept. 4, state police confirmed reviews that Murdaugh had known as 911 to report being shot within the head alongside a rural highway in Hampton County, and was transported to an space hospital with superficial accidents.

Days after getting shot in the head, S.C. Lowcountry attorney Alex Murdaugh has resigned from the PMPED law firm in Hampton (pictured here), a firm his great-grandfather established.

Days after getting shot within the head, S.C. Lowcountry legal professional Alex Murdaugh has resigned from the PMPED regulation agency in Hampton (pictured right here), a agency his great-grandfather established.

Murdaugh issued an announcement two days later, saying: “The murders of my spouse and son have precipitated an extremely tough time in my life. I’ve made quite a lot of selections that I really remorse. I’m resigning from my regulation agency and coming into rehab after an extended battle that has been exacerbated by these murders. I’m immensely sorry to everybody I’ve damage together with my household, pals and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”

The regulation agency mentioned in an announcement final week that Murdaugh had resigned. “His resignation got here after the invention by PMPED that Alex misappropriated funds in violation of PMPED requirements and insurance policies,” the assertion mentioned.

“A forensic accounting agency shall be retained to conduct an intensive investigation. Regulation enforcement and the SC Bar have been notified by PMPED,” the assertion added. “That is disappointing information for all of us.”

Along with the alleged misappropriated funds, different investigations are underway:

– On the night time of June 7, Murdaugh known as 911 Dispatch to report that his spouse Margaret, 52, and son Paul, 22, had been shot and killed at their Colleton County looking property. SLED has introduced no arrests have been made.

– On account of data obtained in the middle of the double-homicide investigation, SLED opened an investigation into the unsolved 2015 murder involving Stephen Smith in Hampton County. The Murdaugh title was talked about a number of occasions in statements taken by police in 2015.

-SLED has made no arrests within the lively investigation of Murdaugh’s reported capturing on Sept. 4.

Murdaugh is the son of the late Randolph Murdaugh III, a former 14th Circuit Solicitor like his father, Randolph Jr., and grandfather, Randolph Sr., earlier than him. For greater than 85 years, this trio served as chief prosecutors over the five-county Lowcountry area.

The Murdaugh household was already within the regional highlight following the February 2019 boat crash in Beaufort County by which Mallory Seaside, 19, misplaced her life and Alex’s son, Paul, was going through three felony costs of felony boating underneath the affect.

Alex Murdaugh and others are nonetheless going through a wrongful demise civil go well with filed by Seaside’s mom, Renee, on behalf of Mallory’s property.

Contributing: Related Press

This text initially appeared on Bluffton In the present day: State police in S.C. probe lacking funds from Alex Murdaugh’s former regulation agency

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