Alex Murdaugh sued by his brother and a former partner over unpaid loans

Former attorney Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, who is currently in jail facing multiple criminal charges and civil suits, has now been sued by his older brother and one of his former legal partners.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh IV filed a civil suit against his brother Alex, and on Friday, Oct. 29, John E. Parker also filed suit against his former colleague. Both attorneys are representing themselves, and both suits were filed in Hampton County Court of Common Pleas.

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Both Randy Murdaugh and Parker are partners at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick, PA, the Hampton, S.C.- based personal injury law firm founded by Randolph Murdaugh Sr. in 1910.

The PMPED law firm building in Hampton, S.C.

Randy Murdaugh is suing his younger sibling to collect $46,500 that he states Alex borrowed from him, while Parker has filed suit for $477,000 that he states Alex borrowed from him.

When contacted by phone, one of Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys, Dick Harpootlian, said “I’m not talking to the press.”

The Hampton County Guardian also reached out to Randy Murdaugh and Parker for comment, but messages were not immediately returned.

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In the elder Murdaugh’s suit, it is alleged that prior to Sept. 2, 2021, Alex indicated to his brother that needed a loan to cover an overdrawn bank account and that he had already written other checks, including checks to workers, which would make the account more overdrawn. The “Defendant did not disclose that he was in poor financial condition,” the suit says.

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The Murdaugh suit also states that Randy loaned $75,000 to his younger brother, under the condition that the loan be repaid within 30 days, but the defendant has not repaid the loan. The suit also alleges that Randy later paid the initial fee of $15,000 to enter Alex into a drug treatment facility in Orange County, Florida.

In early September, after he was forced to resign from PMPED amid allegations that he stole money from his clients and his law firm, Alex issued a statement to the public admitting that he had a drug addiction problem. PMPED then issued a statement saying Alex Murdaugh was no longer associated with their law firm in any way.

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From left are Alex Murdaugh, Randy Murdaugh and their late father, Randolph Murdaugh III.

The total debt of $90,000 allegedly owed to Randy was reduced to $46,500 after Alex’s son, Richard Alexander “Buster” Murdaugh Jr., sold Randy a Kubota tractor and other heavy equipment in exchange for partial debt cancellation.

In Parker’s suit, the senior PMPED partner alleges that he loaned money to Alex on three occasions and these loans were not repaid:

  • $150,000 on March 5, 2021
  • $77,000 on May 19
  • $250,000 on July 15.

No information was included in Parker’s suit about the circumstances ofthese loans.

Alex Murdaugh reported finding his wife Maggie and youngest son Paul shot and killed at their Colleton County, S.C., estate on June 7, 2021.

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Since that time, Murdaugh has been charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, and filing a false police report, and the allegations of stolen money from PMPED are currently under investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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Murdaugh is currently being held without bond in the Richland County Detention Center in Columbia, S.C.

Murdaugh is also facing multiple civil suits, including a wrongful death suit from a 2019 fatal boat crash involving his late son.

Attorneys representing parties in three of those suits have filed petitions asking the court to freeze and monitor Murdaugh’s assets until the resolution of these civil suits. A judge in Chesterfield County, S.C. is expected to rule on those motions later this week.

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