Criminal Charges Await Former Lawyer Murdaugh In $10 Million Insurance Fraud Case in South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina – The state police believe that lawyer Alex Murdaugh arranged to get himself shot in the head to receive a $10 million life insurance policy payout for his son. He merely got a grazing wound.
After seeing the remains of his wife and kid, who were each shot numerous times, a distraught man’s heroin addiction was compounded, according to his defense attorney. They remain unsolved murders.
Three felony charges, including insurance fraud, conspiracy to conduct insurance fraud, and filing a fake police report, have been lodged against Murdaugh, a 53-year-old Phoenix resident. About five hours before his bond hearing, he was in the Hampton County jail. Should he be convicted of all charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison, although there is no minimum term.
Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and their son, Paul, were killed in June and have not been solved.
It’s a thrilling 36 hours for a man whose father, grandfather, and great-grandfather have all been elected prosecutors in the county when he surrenders to the police. The family-run law company was established over a century ago.
Before former client Harry won his assisted suicide suit in 2015, he was investigated for his nanny and housekeeper who died in his home in 2018.
According to police, a lawyer hired a man to kill him, so his son could receive an insurance payout.
He had a lawyer who hired a hitman to kill him to get a payout for his son. Police Say
At the meeting on Monday, Murdaugh revealed to his lawyers that he had orchestrated his own shooting, and then the lawyers spoke to the police.
His comments were to say that he doesn’t want police enforcement dedicating effort to pursuing a crime that they consider to be false, rather than helping to solve the murders of Maggie and Paul.
Smith, a former police officer, had previously tried to get Smith’s 11-year-old son to kill him so the boy could receive a $10 million life insurance policy, investigators claimed.
Harpootlian said that Murdaugh had purchased drugs from a former client, lawyer Dick Harpootlian stated.
During the last 10 days, Murdaugh has spent time in drug rehabilitation while his law company dismissed him due to missing millions of dollars.
Murdaugh began investigating the deaths of his 52-year-old wife, Maggie, and their 22-year-old son Paul on June 7, when he learned of his father’s death.
Even after so many years, the deaths of these two people remain unsolved, and Murdaugh’s attorneys have maintained he is sure that he was not involved.
The PMPED law business formed by Murdaugh’s family dismissed him on September 3rd, after determining he had embezzled money.
On the morning of his death, the attorneys alleged Murdaugh had chosen to commit suicide, but arranged for another to shoot him. A pistol was provided to Curtis Edward Smith, who set out on a drive along the isolated Old Salkehatchie Road. One of the LESD agents stated in a sworn declaration that the agent believed that only Smith’s bullet grazed the head of LESD Agent Murdaugh.
Having called 911, Lawyer Murdaugh reported that someone in a passing pickup truck fired at him, and his initial narrative was the tires on his car were low on pressure.
While in custody, Smith, 61, faces further accusations, including aggravated assault, pointing a handgun, insurance fraud, conspiring to commit insurance fraud, methamphetamine distribution, and marijuana possession. The case was not brought to trial as he did not have a lawyer, nor did he make a statement at a hearing where his bond was set at $55,000.
Also on the docket for SLED is an inquiry into whether someone sought to prevent an investigation into a 2019 boat crash that resulted in Paul Murdaugh being charged. He faces the death penalty. In July 2015, a hit-and-run killed a pedestrian in Hampton County.
Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper has requested an investigation into Gloria Satterfield’s death, claiming that it doesn’t match the official death certificate’s findings, which says she died of natural causes. The office confirmed she had died before informing the medical examiner’s office about the death.
The two sons of Satterfield, whom Murdaugh’s friends arranged a $500,000 settlement for, sued on Wednesday, claiming they have not seen any of the settlement money.