A MOM allegedly messaged her friend as she feared her husband Alex Murdaugh was up to something – hours before she and her son were killed.
Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and Paul, 22, were found shot to death on the family’s farm in South Carolina in June 2021.
Alex, who was living away from Maggie, had reportedly asked her to see his ill dad Randolph Murdaugh III, 81, who had been hospitalized.
She wanted to meet the 54-year-old at the hospital but he reportedly demanded that they meet at the family property.
She planned to follow Alex to the hospital in her car.
Maggie messaged her friend as she feared his behavior was “fishy”, cops told PEOPLE.
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She allegedly told her friend: “He’s up to something.”
A source told CNN that blood splatters were found on Murdaugh's clothes, suggesting he may have been close to at least one of his family members when they were gunned down.
And, a significant amount of high-velocity impact spatter was found on the shirt Murdaugh wore that night, according to FITSNews.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey revealed that Maggie and Paul were found on the ground near the family dog kennels, and both died of multiple gunshot wounds.
A grand jury charged Murdaugh with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon.
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Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty and was denied bond in his arraignment hearing in connection with the charges.
He has vehemently denied any involvement in the killings.
His legal team said: "Alex wants his family, friends, and everyone to know that he did not have anything to do with the murders of Maggie and Paul.
"He loved them more than anything."
Video footage has since been recovered from Paul's cell phone.
Murdaugh was not seen in the clip but he was reportedly heard talking to Maggie.
A timestamp has revealed that it was just before she was killed.
Murdaugh called 911 after finding Maggie and Paul shot several times.
Paul suffered wounds to his upper body and head from what appeared to have been a shotgun, while an assault rifle is thought to have been used to kill Maggie.
Authorities said Murdaugh sounded deeply upset and agitated when he called.
He immediately identified himself and told operators that his wife and child had been shot on his property.
He said: “I’ve been up to it now. It’s bad.”
Murdaugh is already jailed on dozens of charges, including a scam to fake his own death.
In September 2021, Alex allegedly hired a hitman to kill him so that his remaining son "Buster" could collect life insurance money.
He also admitted to a secret 20-year opioid addiction.
In 2019, Paul was involved in a boating accident that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
He had allegedly been driving the boat that crashed, flinging the teen girl from the vessel. Her body was found seven days later.
The group on the boat had been "grossly intoxicated," according to police, even though they were all underage and could not legally buy alcohol.
Last month, South Carolina authorities announced they will be exhuming the body of former Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield to investigate her death further.
Satterfield died in 2018 after allegedly tripping and falling in the Murdaugh home, where she had worked for two decades.
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Last year, SLED announced it was opening a criminal investigation into her death.
Satterfield’s manner of death was ruled “natural” but Murdaugh told her sons that he was personally responsible for the fall and that he would "sue himself", according to court documents.
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