Disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, sought out a divorce lawyer just weeks before she and her son Paul were killed under mysterious circumstances on one of their South Carolina properties, according to a report.
Maggie, 52, drove to Charleston in late April to meet with a lawyer to discuss her options for ending her marriage to the scion of a prominent legal dynasty, a law enforcement source told People.
The meeting came just as she had begun to learn more about the family’s finances, according to the source.
“She didn’t pay close attention to the family money or where it came from,” the source told the outlet. “But now she was starting to look into it.”
Six weeks later, Alex discovered the bodies of Maggie and their younger son, Paul, 22, shot multiple times near the dog kennels of the family’s hunting lodge near Islandton.
Police are probing the slayings as a double homicide, but have not named any suspects.
Meanwhile, Alex has since been accused of hatching a plan to have himself killed so his surviving son could collect on a $10 million insurance policy.
He called 911 on Sept. 4 to report that he had been shot in the head in a roadside shooting in Varnille, but later admitted to authorities that it was a botched suicide attempt.
His attorney Dick Harpootlian claimed that his client was trying to withdraw from opioids and was experiencing “massive depression” when he began plotting how to kill himself.
Days later, Alex announced that he entered rehab and left the law firm that his grandfather founded over 100 years ago.
The law firm said Alex had been fired and was being investigated for the misappropriation of millions of dollars.