Lawyer of accused gunman says his client was set up

HAMPTON, S.C. (NewsNation Now) — The attorney for the gentleman accused of shooting Alex Murdaugh in

HAMPTON, S.C. (NewsNation Now) — The attorney for the gentleman accused of shooting Alex Murdaugh in a failed coverage fraud plan states his shopper is currently being utilized as the fall man.

Jarrett Bouchette is symbolizing Curtis Smith. The 61-calendar year-old is getting charged with a slew of crimes which include assisted suicide and conspiracy to commit coverage fraud. The rates stem from Smith allegedly capturing Murdaugh for the duration of Labor Working day weekend in what investigators say was a ploy to get Murdaugh’s remaining son Buster a $10 million coverage payout.

Smith’s accounts of what transpired vary greatly from what Murdaugh advised South Carolina investigators. His attorney claims the accusations really don’t make perception.

Smith claims Murdaugh referred to as him to convey him do the job, which he didn’t imagine was out of the ordinary since he had accomplished odd mechanic operate for Murdaugh in advance of.

Smith instructed investigators when he got to that rural road Murdaugh was suicidal, agitated and waving a gun. They tussled with each other about the gun and it went off. Then, Smith took it with him and obtained rid of it.

Murdaugh’s lawyer instructed investigators Smith was Murdaugh’s drug supplier for at the very least a 10 years. Bouchette suggests based mostly on his client’s financials, that does not include up.

Riley Benson with NationNation’s South Carolina affiliate WCBD experiences Smith mentioned he experienced been “betrayed.”

“[Smith] known as Alex a close good friend, that was nearly like a brother to him,” Benson reported.

Murdaugh’s accidents have also been a place of confusion.

“The primary report was that Alex was shot in the head, it grazed him. Then the law enforcement report came down from Hampton County Sheriff that there was no noticeable, important personal injury,” Benson reported of a law enforcement report that “was modified just several hours later to say there was a main injury.”

Murdaugh’s attorney’s instructed WCBD that there was an entry wound, an exit wound, insignificant mind bleeding and a cranium fracture.

“Those injuries had been not seen a week and a half afterwards at Murdaugh’s court day,” Benson stated. “There is conflicting info there.”

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Meanwhile, an outdoors judge has been assigned to oversea the Murdaugh legal scenarios.

On Thursday, the $100,000 reward for ideas top to an arrest in the murder of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh is set to expire. It is been a few months and there have been no arrests.