16 September (WNN) — Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdog handed himself over to authorities on Thursday and will face a bond hearing in connection with a strange plan to arrange his murder so that his son can collect on a $10 million insurance policy. .
In an additional twist, Murdaugh’s wife and another son were shot dead three months ago and police are investigating the murder of the family’s homeowner in 2018.
Murdoug received superficial wounds from a bullet wound in the head on 4 September. A judge granted bail earlier Thursday for Curtis Edward Smith, 61, for $55,000. Police believe that Smith was the person who shot Murdog in a bizarre suicide plan.
Smith faces charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
One of Murdoff’s attorneys, Dick Harpootlian, said that his client suffered from opioid addiction, became depressed and wanted to kill himself, but believed that his insurance policy would cover him if he took his own life. will not be paid. That’s when he allegedly hired Smith to kill him.
The deaths of Murdog’s wife and second son remain unsolved.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Wednesday it has opened a criminal investigation into the 2018 death of Murdoff’s longtime housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.
The agency said it opened the case “based on a request from the Hampton County coroner earlier today, as well as information gathered during our other ongoing investigation involving Alex Murdog,” according to USA Today.
Satterfield is believed to have died of a fall but the autopsy was never performed. Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper requested assistance in a wrongful death settlement between the children of Murdoff and Satterfield.
Topper said Satterfield’s injuries appeared to be inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident.