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Alex Murdaugh’s Lawyer Denies That He Was Involved In Deaths Of Wife And Son

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has never officially identified Alex Murdaugh as a person of interest in the murders of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, despite the comments of the legal scion's lawyer.

By Dorian Geiger
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An attorney representing disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh said this week that his client has been considered a person of interest by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in the murders of his wife and son from the “get-go,” but denied he had anything to do with his loved one's deaths.

According to defense lawyer, Jim Griffin, Murdaugh has always been a person of interest in the double homicide of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, in June.

“SLED has said from the get-go that Alex was a person of interest,” Griffin told WHNS. “SLED said the next morning, which is still mind-boggling to us, that the public need not be worried about their safety. Which, you know, I’ve talked to people who heard that and first thoughts were it must have been a murder-suicide.”

On June 7, Murdaugh's 52-year-old wife and 22-year-old son were found shot to death at the family sprawling hunting property in Colleton County in South Carolina's Lowcountry. No arrests have been made in their killings as the investigation is in its fifth month. 

“SLED's identified Alex as a person of interest,” Griffin explained in the televised recording. “They never eliminated him as a person of interest. And you would think that if Alex was the one who did it, that SLED would have been able to establish that pretty easily that night.”

Investigators, however, have never formally identified Murdaugh as a person of interest in his wife and son’s brutal slaying. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division refrained from commenting on the lawyers remarks this week. 

Griffin, however, appeared to be implying that due to Murdaugh being so closely connected to the slain family members, he was of interest to police — not because of any clear evidence of wrongdoing. 

“We knew that wasn't the case,” Griffin added. “Then the second thought is, it must be you know some domestic-related and when you look at domestic violence you look at — you look at the husband or father.”

The attorney stated that his client deeply loved his wife and insisted that “no hint of domestic dispute” was contained in a trove of text messages between the couple that he's reviewed.

“Every night they would sign off via text, and it was a ‘good night,’ it was an ‘I love you.’”

Griffin was adamant that Murdaugh is innocent, pointing to the fact that no charges have been laid against his client in upwards of four months since the killings. 

“You think they would have searched his house, found blood somewhere,” Griffin said. “You would think they would have found the murder weapons on the property. You would think they would have come up with something to link Alex to the murders, forensically or independent evidence. And to my knowledge, they have not done that.”

Murdaugh has been increasingly embattled legally. He has been arrested twice in a matter of weeks on separate charges in different incidents. He’d been in rehab for opioid addiction in Orlando at the time he was taken into police custody this week. In September, he was involved in a shooting that left him with a wound to the head during a roadside incident.

“They're not sharing information, but I believe if they had that they would have charged Alex and they have not charged him,” Griffin stated. “Now what we do know as his lawyers and that he had no motive to kill them. He loved his wife, he loved his son, the murders were done in the most brutal fashion and the two separate weapons.”

Griffin didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s questions on Friday regarding the televised comments.

You can watch "Alex Mudaugh. Death. Deception. Power." here or on Peacock starting January 6.