COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A distinguished South Carolina lawyer who discovered the our bodies of his spouse and son three months in the past, tried to rearrange his personal dying earlier this month so his son would get a $10 million life insurance coverage cost, however 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 taking pictures of Alex Murdaugh on a lonely freeway in Hampton County, the State Regulation Enforcement Division stated in a press release.
Murdaugh was not charged Tuesday night time, however brokers stated extra fees had been anticipated.
Murdaugh gave Smith the gun to kill him and he adopted Murdaugh to Outdated Salkehatchie Highway firing one shot on the lawyer as he stood within the street, an agent stated in a sworn assertion.
However 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 taking pictures and disposed of the gun, authorities stated.
State brokers stated Murdaugh admitted attempting to rearrange his personal dying on Monday. Murdaugh’s lawyer Jim Griffin didn’t reply to a textual content message late Tuesday night time.
Murdaugh stated final week by means of 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 bother after which shot at him.
Brokers 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 recognized if he had a lawyer to talk on his behalf or if he had any relationship with Murdaugh.
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 residence. Each had been shot a number of occasions.
Murdaugh introduced two days after the taking pictures he was going into rehab for an opioid dependancy. He apologized to his household and stated he was leaving his legislation agency.
“The murders of my spouse and son have precipitated an extremely tough time in my life. I’ve made a number of choices that I really 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.
Together with the killings of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh and the taking pictures of Alex Murdaugh, the State Regulation Enforcement Division can also be investigating the lacking cash, whether or not anybody tried to impede an investigation right into a 2019 boat crash which Paul Murdaugh was ultimately charged and a July 2015 hit-and-run dying in Hampton County.
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.
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