Alex Murdaugh, ns South Carolina The lawyer who allegedly arranged for someone to be killed in an attempt to collect millions in insurance payments for his son will take himself to the authorities on Thursday, His attorney Jim Griffin told Granthshala News on Wednesday evening.
“We have been informed that a warrant For his arrest for conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. He plans to voluntarily surrender tomorrow and will have an appearance and bond hearing at 4 p.m. at Hampton Country Magistrates Court,” Griffin said.
The development comes after the September 4 shooting in which 53-year-old Murdog was shot in the head in broad daylight on the side of a rural road, just months after both his wife and son were shot dead.
he allegedly admitted that the shooting was part of a plan To collect an insurance payment of $10 million for his surviving son. Another of his lawyers, Dick Harputlian, told NBC’s “Today” Show His client was expected to be charged on Wednesday and knew what he was doing was wrong.
“He clearly knew what he had done was wrong and explained a few things to us,” he said. “One, the murders of his son and wife 90 days earlier took a toll on him. His father died of cancer that same week – most people didn’t recover from it. He got through it with opioid use and then Last week it was discovered that he had diverted some client and law firm money for his own use, and again spent most of it on opioids.”
Murdog, 61, identified as Curtis Edward Smith, was charged with committing suicide, assault and assisted by battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and insurance fraud in connection with the case. conspiracy has been alleged.
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The pending arrest adds another layer to one of South Carolina’s most prominent legal dynasties.
Shortly before news of the arrest warrant, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced that it was launching a criminal investigation into the death of longtime Murdoff housekeeper Gloria Satterfield in February 2018.
Satterfield died of a mysterious slip and fall at the Murdoff home. However, Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper requested that SLED investigate the death.
“The manner of death was stated on the death certificate as ‘natural’, which is inconsistent with the injuries sustained in a travel and accident,” Topper said in a letter to the authorities. “In light of the discrepancies, I think it is prudent to pursue the investigation into the death of Gloria Satterfield.”
In addition to the interrogation, Satterfield’s two sons filed a lawsuit against Murdoff on Wednesday, alleging he failed to pay any portion of the $505,000 he owed as part of a wrongful death settlement. According to the legal filing, several other defendants are named, including Corey Fleming, a former attorney for the Satterfield estate and a close friend of Murdog.
No arrests have been made in relation to the murders and Murdog has denied any involvement.
Before the September 4 shooting, he resigned from his law firm after allegations surfaced that he was entering rehab.
“I am resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle,” he said in a statement at the time. “I am deeply sorry for everyone I have hurt, including my family, friends and coworkers.”