Investigators are investigating the possibility that Paul Murdaugh, 22, who was on trial for the death of a teenage girl, may have been the one marked in the attack, The Island Packet reported.
The University of South Carolina student and his mother, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, were found shot dead on Monday in their vast central-state estate.
Paul had faced three counts of boating under the influence in a 2019 boating accident that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Investigators speculated that the killer or killers were looking for him and that his mother was accidentally killed, according to the Island Packet.
It is still unclear whether the shootings were linked to the 2019 tragedy, according to the report. No arrests were made.
Sources told the newspaper that Paul was shot at least two times with a shotgun, while Maggie was killed with what appears to be an assault rifle.
The family is linked to one of South Carolina’s most prestigious law firms.
Alex Murdaugh, the husband and father of the victims, works at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick, which was founded by Randolph Murdaugh in 1910.
Randolph Murdaugh III, 81, died just three days after the family tragedy, the law firm said.
The late lawyer, his father and his grandfather were all longtime elected prosecutors in the Beaufort community.
The Beach family, who are said to remain involved in a civil lawsuit against the Murdaugh family after the criminal case ended with Paul’s death, have released a statement of solidarity.
“After suffering the devastating loss of their own daughter, the family pray that the Murdaughs can find some level of peace after this tragic loss. They would like the family and the community to know that their thoughts and continued prayers are with the Murdaughs, ”the family said in a statement to OMCC 11.
With post wires