Law firm says Alex Murdaugh’s resignation comes after discovery of misappropriated funds

Crime & Safety

HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — Alex Murdaugh, who was allegedly shot Saturday afternoon on the side of a rural South Carolina road, is accused by his former law firm of misappropriating funds.

Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, and Detrick law firm (PMPED), say Murdaugh’s resignation came after the discovery of misappropriated funds. Murdaugh took possibly a million or more from his family’s law firm.

The firm’s website is offline.

“On Friday, September 3, 2021, Alex Murdaugh resigned from the Law Firm. He is no longer associated with PMPED in any manner. His resignation came after the discovery by PMPED that Alex misappropriated funds in violation of PMPED standards and policies. A forensic accounting firm will be retained to conduct a thorough investigation. Law enforcement and the SC Bar have been notified by PMPED. This is disappointing news for all of us. Rest assured that our firm will deal with this in a straightforward manner. There’s no place in our firm for such behavior. Due to the ongoing investigations into these matters and client confidentiality, PMPED cannot comment further at this time. We encourage any client with questions to contact our offices regarding their file.” — PMPED says in a statement.

In addition to the law firm requesting his resignation, The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office now tells News 3 it will no longer allow Alex Murdaugh to be involved in its cases, even as a volunteer.

Alex had been part of several cases with his father Randolph Murdaugh even after Randolph left his position as Solicitor. But the office says Alex had not been involved in any trials or cases since 2019.

Murdaugh’s wife and son, Maggie and Paul were killed on June 7 at the family’s hunting lodge in Colleton County. Murdaugh found them the following morning. No suspects have been named in that investigation.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) says Murdaugh suffered a “superficial gunshot wound” to the head on Saturday. SLED did not say how he received the wound but did say Murdaugh called 911 following the shooting.

Police say they found at least seven shell casings at the scene. Police have not released any details on possible suspects or motives.

Monday, he announced his resignation from his law firm and also said he will enter rehab.

The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in 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.

Family friend and attorney Jim Griffin, says Murdaugh was shot while changing a tire in Hampton County. Griffin says, according to Alex’s brother Randy, a pickup truck drove up and someone opened fire on Murdaugh. No law enforcement agencies have confirmed that claim.

For a timeline of the Murdaugh investigations view the video below.

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