By Heather Ruppe
Disgraced Hampton County attorney and accused murderer, Alex Murdaugh, is now facing more criminal charges.
The S.C. Grand Jury has indicted Murdaugh on nine new criminal counts, including several charges of money laundering, computer crime involving more than $10,000, and four counts of obtaining a signature by false pretenses for at least $10,000 and insurance fraud.
These charges were released to the media by the State Attorney General on Friday, August 19th.
The new charges against Murdaugh are part of more than two dozen other criminal charges that he is already facing, including the murders of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and his youngest son, Paul Murdaugh.
Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and Paul Murdaugh, 22, were found shot to death by Alex on June 7, 2021 at their Islandton house in rural Colleton County. Murdaugh discovered their bodies and called 911 to report the deaths.
The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) charged Murdaugh with their murders in July of this year. After being charged for their deaths, he then pleaded not guilty in a Colleton County courtroom to the double murder charges against him.
Other charges against Murdaugh include trying to fake his own death in a botched murder-for-hire scheme. He is also accused of embezzling more than $1 million from his former law firm, which carries his family’s name – Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick. This firm was founded by Murdaugh’s great-grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh, in 1910.
The law firm has since removed Murdaugh’s name from its title. They are now called the Parker Group.
In addition to the current charges against him, SLED has several other active investigations that pertain to Murdaugh.
He has also been disbarred by the S.C. Supreme Court.
The criminal investigation into Murdaugh remains ongoing by SLED.