A South Carolina attorney has admitted he paid a man to kill him so that his last living son could collect a $10 million insurance payout.
On September 4, Alex Murdaugh pulled over on a desolate South Carolina road to change a flat tire and was shot in the head. The shot, however, was not fatal, and a “Good Samaritan” took him to the hospital.
This past Monday, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) claims Murdaugh came clean with authorities and admitted he set the whole thing up. Allegedly, Murdaugh provided his would-be killer, Curtis Edward Smith, with a firearm and instructions to shoot him in the head.
SLED arrested Smith the very next day, charging him with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
Smith has allegedly admitted to being on the scene at the time of the shooting and disposing of the weapon afterward. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and the distribution of methamphetamine. Presently, Smith is being held at the Colleton County Detention Center.
Murdaugh resigned from his firm and admitted himself to an inpatient rehabilitation facility following his hospital stay.
Circumstances surrounding Murdaugh have been peculiar lately, especially those involving mysterious deaths.
He found his wife Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh and son Paul Murdaugh murdered on the grounds of the family’s 1,770-acre hunting lodge in June.
His son Paul was awaiting trial for a drunken boat crash that occurred on February 19, killing 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret,” said Murdaugh. “I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders. I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt, including my family, friends, and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”
Prior to his botched shooting, Murdaugh had been confronted by members of his firm, Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick, after they suspected he was responsible for over $1 million in missing money. Murdaugh’s law firm was started by his great-grandfather more than 100 years ago.
Jim Griffin, Murdaugh’s attorney, said that “Alex resigned from the firm after being accused of diverting lawyer fees. These allegations prompted him to confront his dependency, and he voluntarily checked into an in-patient substance abuse rehab facility after being discharged from the hospital Monday.”
Murdaugh is now suspended from practicing law in the state as the South Carolina Supreme Court placed him on an interim suspension on September 8, just five days after being accused by his firm.
SLED is currently investigating the misappropriation allegations, though no charges have been formally brought against Murdaugh.