Murdaugh thriller: Alex Murdaugh to show himself in on insurance coverage fraud cost

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HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (NewsNation Now) — A distinguished South Carolina lawyer who discovered the our bodies of his spouse and son three months in the past and tried to rearrange his personal demise earlier this month will flip himself in to legislation enforcement on Thursday, his attorneys say.

In response to Alex Murdaugh’s legal professional, Jim Griffin, a warrant was issued Wednesday for Murdaugh’s arrest on a cost of conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud.

On Tuesday, we discovered Alex Murdaugh tried to rearrange his personal demise so his son would get a $10 million life insurance coverage cost, however the deliberate deadly shot solely grazed his head, state police stated.

This photograph offered by the Colleton County sheriff’s workplace reveals Curtis Edward Smith. (Colleton County Sheriffs Workplace by way of AP)

He was shot whereas altering a tire on a rural county highway Sept. 4.

The shooter, Curtis Edward Smith, was charged with assisted suicide, insurance coverage fraud and a number of other different counts within the capturing of Murdaugh on a lonely freeway in Hampton County, the State Regulation Enforcement Division stated in an announcement.

The capturing got here simply days after Murdaugh resigned from his legislation agency over accusations of misallocating hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in funds, which Murdaugh vowed to repay to the agency. He additionally introduced that he could be getting into rehab for an opioid habit.

Murdaugh apologized and stated that the latest homicide of his spouse and son exacerbated his points.

“The murders of my spouse and son have brought on an extremely troublesome time in my life. I’ve made quite a lot of choices that I actually remorse,” Murdaugh stated with out going into particulars.

A number of hours later, the PMPED Regulation Agency introduced Murdaugh had taken cash from the enterprise and was fired from the agency. The amount of cash has not been introduced.

Nonetheless unsolved are the June 7 killings of 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son Paul Murdaugh. Alex Murdaugh found the our bodies of his spouse and son at their Colleton County house. Each had been shot a number of instances.

Margaret Murdaugh, left and Paul Murdaugh, proper, had been discovered shot lifeless at household looking lodge in Colleton County in June. (Picture by way of WSAV)

Together with the killings of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh and the capturing of Alex Murdaugh, SLED is investigating the lacking cash, whether or not anybody tried to hinder an investigation into a 2019 boat crash wherein Paul Murdaugh was finally charged and a July 2015 hit-and-run demise in Hampton County.

On Wednesday, we discovered South Carolina investigators are additionally now wanting into the demise Murdaugh’s former housekeeper.

The South Carolina Regulation Enforcement Division (SLED) made the announcement, including investigators may even be wanting into the dealing with of Gloria Satterfield’s property.

Satterfield died in 2018 after what was described as a visit and fall accident on the Murdaugh’s house. Satterfield’s demise was not reported to the nook on the time, nor was an post-mortem carried out, in accordance with the Hampton County Coroner’s Workplace.

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in opposition to Alex Murdaugh in regards to the delayed cost of $500,000 awarded in a wrongful demise settlement involving Satterfield.

In 2018, the wrongful demise declare was filed on behalf of Satterfield’s two sons, Michael Satterfield and Brian Harriott. The brand new lawsuit claims that following Satterfield’s demise, Alex Murdaugh stated “he was going to care for the boys as a result of he was going to ‘sue [himself]’ for the demise.”

Murdaugh admitted negligence and that he was at fault, and the events got here to a settlement of $505,000.

Nevertheless, in accordance with the lately filed lawsuit, “Tony and Brian didn’t take part within the settlement negotiations; Neither Tony, nor Brian signed any settlement agreements; Neither Tony, nor Brian, had been instructed that any cash was recovered for them.”

NewsNation spoke with WCBD reporter Riley Benson concerning the newest developments within the case.

The go well with calls for a jury trial and requires “actual solutions to… questions surrounding the demise of [Satterfield] and the disposition of the monies supposedly paid for his or her profit.”

Murdaugh’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather all held the workplace of solicitor within the space for greater than 80 years, and different relations had been distinguished civil attorneys within the area.

Murdaugh’s bond listening to is ready for 4:00 p.m. Thursday on the Hampton County Justice of the Peace Courtroom.

NewsNation affiliate WCBD and the Related Press contributed to this report.

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