Columbia, SC (AP) – A leading South Carolina attorney who found the bodies of his wife and son State police said Tuesday that three months ago, he tried to arrange his death earlier this month to get a $10 million life insurance payment for his son, but the planned fatal shot beheaded him .
The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that the shooter, Curtis Edward Smith, was charged with assisted suicide, insurance fraud and several other counts in the September 4 shooting of Alex Murdaugh on a lonely highway in Hampton County.
Murdoff was not charged Tuesday night, but agents said more charges were expected.
An agent said in the affidavit that Murdog gave Smith a gun to kill him and that he followed Murdough to Old Salkehachi Road and fired a shot at the lawyer while he was standing in the street.
But that bullet only touched Murdog’s head and he was able to call 911 for help, officials said. Murdaugh’s lawyer said his skull was broken after being shot last week.
State agents said Murdoff wanted Smith to kill him so that his surviving son could get his $10 million life insurance policy.
Officials said Smith left after the gunfight and disposed of the gun.
State agents said Murdoff admitted to trying to arrange his death on Monday. Murdoff’s attorney Jim Griffin did not respond to a text message late Tuesday.
Murdoff said last week through a family spokesman that he pulled over after the Mercedes SUV’s low tire pressure light came on. A man passing in a pickup truck asked if he was having trouble with the car and then shot him.
Agents said Smith, 61, confessed Tuesday and was charged with pointing and presenting suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravating nature, a firearm, insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. was accused of doing.
It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf. Colton County court records show that Murdoff was Smith’s attorney in a 2013 speeding case.
still unsolved what are June 7 murder Maggie Murdoff, 52, and her 22-year-old son, Paul Murdoff. Alex Murdoff found the bodies of his wife and son at their Colton County home. Both were shot several times.
Murdoff announced that he was going into rehab for an opioid addiction two days after the shooting. He apologized to his family and said that he was leaving his law firm.
“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made so many decisions that I really regret,” Murdaugh said without going into details.
A few hours later, the PMPED law firm announces that Murdoff has taken the money Was fired from the business and fired from the firm. The amount has not been announced.
With the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh and the shooting of Alex Murdaugh, State Law Enforcement Division Also investigating the missing money, did anyone try to obstruct the investigation? a 2019 boat accident Which was eventually charged to Paul Murdoff and hit-and-run death in Hampton County in July 2015.
Murdoff’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather all held attorneys in the region for more than 80 years, and other family members were prominent civil lawyers in the region.