Mother and son of prominent South Carolina family are found shot dead

Mother and son of prominent South Carolina family are found shot dead


A mother and son — members of one of South Carolina’s most prominent families — were found shot dead on their property this week, police said.

The bodies of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her 22-year-old son Paul Murdaugh, 22 — who was facing trial in the boating death of a teenage coed — were found Monday evening with several gunshot wounds near a dog kennel at their home on Moselle Road in Islandton, a small town with only about 70 residents in central South Carolina, police said.

Few details of the investigation have been made public, and as of Friday, no arrests had been made.

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The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it is probing the deaths as a double homicide and said it has turned the case over to the state’s Law Enforcement Division.

There have been no arrests made in the slayings yet.The Post And Courier/AP Paul, left, and Maggie pictured with Alex and Buster

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