Police say Alex Murdaugh, a prominent South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were shot dead in June, asked a former client to kill him this month so his other son could receive $ 10 million in insurance payments, but survived with a gunshot in the lead.
While the fundamental question of who killed Murdaugh’s wife and son remains unresolved, this is the latest surprising development in a series of mysterious events in South Carolina, where the Murdaugh family rule. for over a century.
HE IS ON TRIAL FOR SUICIDE, DARP AND INSURANCE FRAUD
South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division said suspect Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested and charged with assisted suicide, aggravated assault and assault and fraud. insurance in connection with the September 4 gunshot attack. The State Police Department announced that Murdaugh, 53, agreed to the plan on Monday, with Smith at the scene and released from the gun after the incident.
Murdaugh’s attorney did not answer questions about the arrest. Murdaugh said someone in the truck pulled him over and shot him as he stopped to look for a flat tire, causing a fractured skull.
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Murdaugh, who was released from the hospital days after the incident, has not been charged in the case but is referred to as a “co-accused” in the charges against Smith.
BEHIND THE EVENT
The day before his assassination, Murdaugh had been kicked out of the PMPED family law firm, and it was understood the company had embezzled millions of dollars. Murdaugh issued a statement of apology to his family and colleagues, and his lawyer announced he was enrolling in a drug rehab program.
It was an astonishing resolution for Murdaugh, who was part of a strongly connected dynasty in South Carolina for the past century. Because Murdaugh’s great-grandparents, grandparents, and father in turn served as attorneys general in five county districts from 1910 to 2006.
Murdaugh had previously represented Charlotte in a lawsuit brought against a logging company by her former client Smith, whom she asked to be killed, and in a lawsuit where she was sanctioned for speeding.
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Murdaugh’s shooting came about three months after he returned to his family’s home in Islandton, South Carolina. Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and 22-year-old student son, Paul, have previously been shot dead here. At the time of his murder, his son Paul Murdaugh was facing charges that he crashed into a boat while intoxicated and killed Mallory Beach.
The murders also prompted a reopening of the 2015 death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, whose body was found on a road 10 miles from Murdaugh’s home. It was determined that Stephen had been shot and killed, but no one was found guilty of his death.