Hampton, SC – The Prominent South Carolina Lawyers State police say his wife and son were shot months after they were killed at their family’s hunting estate after another man allegedly conspired to kill them so that their other son would get their $10 million. to pay for the life insurance policy.
The announcement of charges Monday against another South Carolina man is the latest twist in the saga of Alex Murdaugh, the Hampton attorney linked to multiple state investigations and whose family members served for generations in the local prosecutor’s office.
Murdoff was listed as a co-defendant to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. declared fee Curtis against Edward Smith, 61, who alleges and offers conspiracy to commit assisted suicide, assault and battery of a highly aggravated nature, carrying a firearm, insurance fraud, and insurance fraud.
Murdog was shot in the head on 4 September. The news came a few days after he found himself in rehab and his law firm, Peters, Murdoff, Parker, Altzeroth & Detrick (PMPED), accused him of misappropriation of funds. State Police said on Monday it was investigating the missing money.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in an affidavit released Monday that Murdoff asked Smith to kill Murdog in order to give him a shotgun and pay for his life insurance policy.
Police said in an affidavit that Smith followed Murdog down a rural country road, where he shot Murdog. The affidavit states that Smith walked away and got rid of the gun, while Murdoff survived the shooting.
State and local police previously said Murdog called 911 after being shot in the head and was taken to a regional hospital with superficial injuries.
The state police said in the affidavit that Murdoff accepted the plan on Monday and said that his life insurance policy, which is worth about $10 million, was to pass to his surviving son. On Tuesday, Smith also admitted to being present and disposing of the firearm, according to the affidavit.
Smith was also charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of
Marijuana. It was not immediately clear whether the Walterborough man had a lawyer.
A Murdog spokesperson previously said that Murdog pulled over after the tire light in his car was on and he was shot by a man who stopped to ask if he was having problems with the car. .
Another statement released by Murdoff, as he was entering rehab, said: “The murders of my wife and son have been an incredibly difficult time in my life. I’ve made so many decisions that I really don’t know. I’m sorry. I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a protracted battle that has escalated from these murders. I’m deeply sorry to everyone I’ve known, including my family, friends and co-workers I have been hurt. I pray as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”
Alex Murdaugh’s wife, 52-year-old Maggie, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, were shot multiple times and found dead on June 7 at the family’s Colton County hunting estate. Alex Murdoff called 911 to report his death, which is being investigated by state police.
Alex Murdaugh and his surviving son, Buster, were offered a reward of $100,000 for information leading to arrest or arrest and conviction.
At the time, Paul Murdoff was facing charges tied to the fatal boat accident of 2019. Mallory Beach, Hampton County, 19, was killed and several others injured in the accident near Paris Island. Paul Murdaugh faced three charges tied to boating under the influence.
The case remains open, and the Beach family has also filed a civil suit and other legal action against the Murdoff family.
The deaths of Paul and Maggie Murdoff also prompted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to launch an investigation into the unsolved death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith. State police said it was launching an investigation “based on information gathered during the double murder investigation of Paul and Maggie Murdoff.”
Smith died in 2015 on a rural road in Hampton County that had been ruled a hit-and-run. However, his mother, Sandy, told the Hampton County Guardian, part of the USA Today Network, in 2015 that she believed her son’s death was the result of dishonesty and a possible hate crime because her son was gay.
A wide string of events has shed light on the famous Murdoff family.
Alex Murdaugh’s great-grandfather, grandfather and father had served continuously as elected prosecutors in the area for 85 years. Alex Murdog volunteered at the prosecutor’s office to assist his father, who remained a paid contract employee after a new attorney took over.
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