ISLANDTON, S.C. (AP) — A mother and son from a prominent South Carolina
legal family were discovered shot and killed on their family's property, and authorities said no arrests have been made in the double homicide
Deputies in Colleton County discovered the two dead from gunshots on a property near Islandton around 10 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22, were shot several times, and their bodies were discovered near a dog
kennel, according to Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey, who added that the number of times they were shot will not be known until autopsies are performed later this week.
Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial
on a charge of boating under the influence causing death
in connection with a February 2019 crash
that killed Mallory Beach, 19; the woman's body
was discovered seven days later.
Following the accident, there were reports that his family's ties to the local legal system influenced the investigation
Colleton County deputies turned over the investigation to the State Law
Enforcement Division, whose agents released no information other than confirming the deaths were investigated as a double homicide and stating that no arrests had been made.
The Murdaugh family owns the land in a rural area along the Salkehatchie River, approximately 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Savannah, Georgia
, according to property records.
Paul Murdaugh's grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather were all long-serving elected solicitors in the area, but all were out of office at the time of the boat wreck.
Beach's family has stated that they are hoping that anyone with information will come forward so that the killer can be brought to justice.
“The Beach family extends its deepest and warmest sympathies to the Murdaugh family during this terrible time. Having suffered the devastating loss of their own daughter, the family prays that the Murdaughs can find some level of peace from this tragic loss,” the family said in a statement released through their lawyer, Mark Tinsley.