Police: Lawyer Murdaugh Arranged Own Death but Shot Grazed | U.S. News®

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A outstanding South Carolina lawyer who discovered the our bodies of his spouse and son three months in the past, tried to rearrange his personal demise earlier this month so his son would get a $10 million life insurance coverage fee, but the deliberate deadly shot solely grazed his head, state police stated Tuesday.

The shooter, Curtis Edward Smith, was charged with assisted suicide, insurance coverage fraud and several other different counts within the Sept. 4 capturing of Alex Murdaugh on a lonely freeway in Hampton County, the State Law Enforcement Division stated in a press release.

Murdaugh was not charged Tuesday night time, but brokers stated extra fees have been anticipated.

Murdaugh gave Smith the gun to kill him and he adopted Murdaugh to Old Salkehatchie Road firing one shot on the lawyer as he stood within the highway, an agent stated in a sworn assertion.

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But that bullet solely grazed Murdaugh’s head and he was in a position to name 911 for assist, authorities stated. Murdaugh’s lawyer stated final week his cranium was fractured by the bullet.

Murdaugh needed Smith to kill him so his surviving son would get his $10 million life insurance coverage coverage, state brokers stated.

Smith drove off after the capturing and disposed of the gun, authorities stated.

State brokers stated Murdaugh admitted making an attempt to rearrange his personal demise on Monday. Murdaugh’s lawyer Jim Griffin did not reply to a textual content message late Tuesday night time.

Murdaugh stated final week via a household spokesman that he pulled over after his Mercedes SUV’s low tire strain gentle got here on. A person passing by in a pickup truck requested if he was having automobile hassle after which shot at him.

Agents stated Smith, 61, confessed Tuesday and was charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a excessive aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance coverage fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

It wasn’t instantly identified if he had a lawyer to talk on his behalf or if he had any relationship with Murdaugh.

Still 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 dwelling. Both had been shot a number of instances.

Murdaugh introduced two days after the capturing he was going into rehab for an opioid habit. He apologized to his household and stated he was leaving his legislation agency.

“The murders of my spouse and son have triggered an extremely tough time in my life. I’ve made numerous selections that I actually remorse,” Murdaugh said without going into details.

A few hours later, the PMPED Law Firm announced Murdaugh had taken money from the business and was fired from the firm. The amount of money has not been announced.

Along with the killings of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh and the shooting of Alex Murdaugh, the State Law Enforcement Division is also investigating the missing money, whether anyone tried to obstruct an investigation into a 2019 boat crash which Paul Murdaugh was eventually charged and a July 2015 hit-and-run death in Hampton County.

Murdaugh’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather all held the office of solicitor in the area for more than 80 years and other family members were prominent civil attorneys in the region.

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