Hampton County Detention Heart by way of AP
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Attorney Alex Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to confront insurance policies fraud and other prices immediately after condition police explained he organized to have himself shot in the head so that his son would get a $10 million lifestyle insurance policy payout. The shooter only grazed him.
A protection attorney mentioned Murdaugh was deeply frustrated with a drug addiction worsened by his discovery of the bodies of his spouse and son, who were shot multiple times at the family’s dwelling on June 7. All those killings stay unsolved.
The 3 felony charges from Murdaugh, 53, incorporate insurance policy fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance policies fraud and filing a bogus police report. He arrived at the Hampton County jail about five several hours ahead of his bond listening to. He faces up to 20 a long time in jail if convicted of all fees, but there is no minimum amount sentence.
The killings of Murdaugh’s spouse, Maggie, and son Paul in June keep on being unsolved.
Murdaugh’s surrender culminates a tumultuous 36 hours for a male whose father, grandfather and fantastic-grandfather were all elected prosecutors in the region. A large law agency in city was started by his family much more than a century in the past.
His former customer was arrested late Tuesday on an assisted suicide demand, and then point out police opened a sixth investigation into him and his family members — this time involving a housekeeper and nanny who died in his dwelling in 2018.
Murdaugh told his attorneys on Monday that he experienced arranged his have taking pictures, and they then spoke to law enforcement.
“He didn’t want regulation enforcement paying additional time on this bogus crime alternatively of concentrating on resolving the murders of Maggie and Paul,” lawyer Dick Harpootlian explained to the Today display on Wednesday.
Murdaugh questioned Curtis Edward Smith to destroy him with a shot to the head on Sept. 4 so his surviving son could gather a $10 million existence insurance plan coverage, authorities stated.
Murdaugh purchased medications from the previous customer, attorney Dick Harpootlian explained.
Murdaugh’s lawyers claimed he has expended the previous 10 days or so in drug rehab after his legislation agency fired him more than missing money that could full millions of pounds.
It all began June 7, when Murdaugh uncovered the bodies of his 52-year-aged wife, Maggie, and their 22-calendar year-outdated son Paul shot numerous periods following returning to their Colleton County home right after traveling to his unwell father, who would die days afterwards from cancer.
These killings keep on being unsolved, and Murdaugh’s legal professionals have said he is adamant he had practically nothing to do with their fatalities.
On Sept. 3, Murdaugh was fired by the PMPED law agency founded by his loved ones just after the business established he took funds.
Murdaugh’s legal professionals explained he determined to get rid of himself the following day, but have a person else shoot him. Murdaugh gave Curtis Edward Smith a gun and they headed to lonely Old Salkehatchie Street. Smith fired one shot that only grazed Murdaugh’s head, a Condition Regulation Enforcement Division agent mentioned in a sworn statement.
Murdaugh was equipped to phone 911 and his preliminary story was an individual in a passing pickup truck shot at him as he checked a tire that was lower on pressure.
Smith, 61, remained jailed Thursday on costs of assisted suicide, assault and battery of a significant aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance plan fraud, conspiracy to dedicate insurance policy fraud, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. He failed to have a lawyer or converse about the charges at a listening to wherever his bond was established at $55,000.
Alongside with the killings of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh and the shooting of Alex Murdaugh, the Point out Law Enforcement Division is also investigating the missing cash, no matter whether any individual attempted to hinder an investigation into a 2019 boat crash for which Paul Murdaugh was inevitably billed and a July 2015 hit-and-run loss of life in Hampton County.
The company also declared Wednesday that they are now investigating Gloria Satterfield’s death at the ask for of Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper, who said her dying certification lists describes organic will cause, which is inconsistent with a excursion-and-drop accidental dying. She mentioned her place of work did not perform an autopsy mainly because it was not educated.
Satterfield’s two sons filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying they haven’t seen any of the $500,000 wrongful demise settlement that Murdaugh had good friends set up.