Former Client Charged With Shooting Alex Murdaugh in ‘Assisted Suicide’ Attempt

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A 61-year-old man was arrested after Mr. Murdoff survived a shooting on a rural South Carolina road. Mr Murdog’s wife and son were shot dead in June.

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A former client of Alex Murdoff was arrested Tuesday and charged with “assisted suicide” and assault this month in the shooting and wounding of South Carolina’s leading attorney, a mysterious spate of crimes that have been intensively investigated since June. The latest twist in the series is when Mr. Murdog comes home to find his wife and son shot dead.

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A state police agency said in a statement that the former client, 61-year-old Curtis Edward Smith, was also charged with battery, pointing a gun, insurance fraud and selling methamphetamine. Mr. Murdaugh’s lawyer did not respond to inquiries about the arrest.

Mr. Murdoff, 53, represented Mr. Smith most recently in 2015 in a lawsuit Mr. Smith filed against a forest management company based in Charlotte, NC. He also represented Mr Smith in several other cases, including minor traffic violations.

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Murdoff called 911 from a rural road in Hampton County, SC on September 4 and said he had been shot in the head, an injury that police described as a “superficial” gunshot wound. . Mr Murdaugh told police he had stopped by the side of the road to inspect a flat tire when someone pulled into a pickup truck, asked if he was having trouble getting into the car and shot him in the head. , Mr. Murdoff’s lawyer has said.

A day earlier, Mr Murdoff was kicked out of his family law firm after it was revealed that he misappropriated millions of dollars. Mr Murdoff issued a statement apologizing to his family and his colleagues and said he was entering rehab. It was a surprise fall for Mr. Murdoff, who is part of a legal dynasty that has built powerful ties in the South Carolina Lowcountry over the past century. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all served as top prosecutors in the five-county area for more than eight decades, until 2006.

A spokesman for Mr Murdog vehemently denied that he had committed suicide by being shot on the side of the road, saying he had suffered entry and exit wounds and a skull fracture.

The shooting occurred about three months later when Mr. Murdoff returned to his family’s large, rural estate in Islandton, SC, and his wife, Maggie, and 22-year-old college student Paul were shot and killed.

The murders, which remain unsolved, have drawn attention to the checkered history of the Murdoff family in the region. At the time of his death, Paul Murdoff was facing charges that he crashed a boat while intoxicated in 2019, killing one passenger, Mallory Beach, and injuring others.

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