Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, whose wife and younger son were slain in an unsolved double-murder, said Monday that he was stepping down from his law firm to enter rehab after a strange shooting over the weekend left him with a head injury.
Murdaugh, 53, a member of a long-standing Hampton County legal dynasty, announced in a statement that he was seeking treatment to deal with the trauma of the shooting deaths of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22.
“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,” Murdaugh said in a statement through his lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, to Live5News.
“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.”
The announcement comes after he was allegedly shot in the head while experiencing car trouble near Varnville, South Carolina around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
His lawyer, Jim Griffin, said that shots were fired from a truck that had passed Murdaugh on the road and circled back as he was working on his car.
Murdaugh was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, where he was treated for a “superficial” gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division didn’t respond to request for comment on the case Monday.
The incident was the latest twist in the family’s bizarre saga, which grabbed headlines in June when his wife, Maggie, and their son, Paul, were found shot to death on the grounds of the family’s hunting lodge.
The deaths were ruled a double homicide, but no one has been charged with the killings.
At the time of his death, Paul had been facing trial on felony charges in connection with a boat crash that killed a 19-year-old woman in 2019.
The Murdaugh family has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the slayings of the mother and son.