Gloria Satterfield’s sons attorney says ‘The Murdoff family are not the type of people you make waves against in Hampton County’
The son of a 57-year-old housekeeper, who died four years ago after a mysterious fall at the home of South Carolina’s leading attorney, Alex Murdog, is “shell-shocked,” his attorney told Granthshala News, adding that Murdaugh was jailed. after coming out. Allowed to travel to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility without a $20,000 personal identification bond and GPS monitoring.
The Murdoff family’s prosecuting influence in South Carolina’s Low Country spans three generations and at least 111 years. Because of this, it takes courage for Gloria Satterfield’s sons to come forward and file a lawsuit against Alex Murdaugh and others, allegedly for conspiring to keep secret $505,000 insurance payments related to the housekeeper’s death. Ronnie Richter, an attorney representing Michael “Tony” Satterfield and Brian Harriott, told Granthshala News.
“They’re shocked. They’re glad an investigation is finally going to happen, but they learned about the investigation the same time you did,” Richter said on Friday.
On Wednesday, the same day the sons’ civil suit was filed in Hampton County, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) launched a criminal investigation into the February 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield and handling of her property at her request. Hampton County Coroner.
As of Thursday, Murdog, 53, pleaded guilty to charges related to an alleged conspiracy to kill himself so that his surviving son, Buster, 26, could cash in on a $10 million life insurance policy.
Murdoff was fired from a personal injury law firm his great-grandfather founded in Hampton, South Carolina, for allegedly embezzling money from the firm. His wife Maggie and their 22-year-old son Paul were also murdered in June and no one has been arrested in the case.
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Richter told Granthshala, “His mother died in 2018, and he was assured by Alex, Cory, that she was being looked after. He didn’t learn about the $500,000 settlement until this year.” It was not reported in the press at the beginning of the year.” The news of the sons of Satterfield. “So since that time, it’s been a whirlwind for them. They’re not the kind of people that’s going to make waves, and the Murdoff family isn’t the type of people you make waves against in Hampton County. They’re done It’s scared, betrayed. I think the light of day has finally struck them, finding their resolve to fight for answers.”
Gloria Satterfield collapsed in Alex Murdaugh’s home and died weeks later in the hospital on February 26, 2018, without ever regaining consciousness. Following her funeral, Murdog introduces Satterfield’s grieving sons to his good friend Corey Fleming, so that according to their suit filed in Hampton County’s Common Place Court, Fleming will file legal proceedings against Murdog for his mother’s wrongful death. To assist sons in filing claims. The sons did not know at the time that Fleming was Murdoff’s college roommate and that his younger son was Paul’s godfather.
Claims were reportedly brought against Murdoff, with the help of a banker friend, Chad Westendorff, who “determined that it was his fault for the death of Gloria Satterfield,” and his insurance company to settle the claims. Paid $505,000, the lawsuit says.
But to date, according to the suit, Satterfield’s sons “have not received the first dollar”.
Richter told Granthshala News that Murdoff, Fleming and Westendorf, who is the vice president of Palmetto State Bank, may have paid more than the initial $505,000 upon Satterfield’s death. A copy of the lawsuit obtained by Granthshala News says Murdoff’s residence was “insured by one or more
Carriers including Lloyds of London.”
“That agreement carved out the right to pursue other settlements from other insurance policies,” Richter said. “And we have good information that other recoveries were made for which they also didn’t get any money. So we think $500,000 is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Fleming’s firm, Moss, Kuhn & Fleming, which is based in Beaufort, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hampton County Coroner Angie Topper has asked SLED chief Mark Keel to open an investigation because Satterfield’s death certificate described the manner of death as “natural,” inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident. . The death was not even reported to the coroner at the time and an autopsy was never performed.
“The non-knowing part of our case is the uninformed part. The only person to report what happened is Alex Murdoff, and obviously he has proven himself to be a less than credible source of information,” Richter said. “Then afterward, there was no investigation – his death was described as of natural causes, and falling to your death at someone’s house I would not call a natural cause.
“I don’t know how or why the death in a house collapse was assumed to be a natural cause and not investigated.”
Murdog surrendered on Thursday for fraud and other charges related to his alleged failed suicide plot. Hampton County Magistrate Judge Tonja Alexander set her bond at $20,000, and she was released on her identity.
During the hearing, the defense attorney, Dick Harputlian, argued that Murdog’s longtime opioid addiction had worsened following the murders of his wife and son. The two were found shot multiple times at the family’s land in Coleton County, near Islandton, and Alex Murdog found the bodies and called 911.
Murdaugh was fired from the law firm, PMPED, where he was a partner. State investigators say Murdaugh gave Curtis Edward Smith, 61, a gun to his former legal client and longtime drug dealer, and they headed to Old Salkehachi Road. Smith fired once, only to graze Murdoff’s head.
Smith’s bond was set high on Thursday at $55,000, and he was later released.
Harpootlian denied that Alex Murdoff was responsible for the murders of his wife and son, and told reporters outside the Hampton County Detention Center on Thursday that Murdoff had not received any insurance payments related to Maggie and Paul.
At the time of his murder, Paul Murdoff was awaiting trial after being indicted for boating under the influence, which led to the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach in February 2019. Based on information gathered during the investigation of Paul’s double murder. and Maggie, SLED launched an investigation into the death of 19-year-old Stephen King, whose body was found in the middle of a rural road in Hampton County in 2015.