October 18, 2021

Alex Murdaugh: The hot shot lawyer and the hit man

Now only three months after Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son were murdered, he was shot on a roadside on 4 September.

Alex Murdaugh: The hot shot lawyer and the hit man

Alex Murdaugh: The hot shot lawyer and the hit man photo credit: BBC

Alex Murdaugh (53) is the scion of a well-connected legal family in South Carolina, over the course of three generations his great-grandfather, grandfather and father have all served as the top prosecutor for a five-county region in the state.

In June, Mr. Murdaugh’s wife and son were found murdered near their home. Now only three months after Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son were murdered, he was shot on a roadside on 4 September.

Originally his lawyers alleged that he was changing a tyre when an unidentified assailant shot him, he was released from hospital within two days. The shooting came a day after Mr. Murdaugh resigned from his law firm, which claimed he was misappropriating funds. His lawyer stated he used the funds for his opioid addiction.

Now police alleged – and his lawyers admit – that he arranged for a man to shoot him so that his surviving son would be able to collect the $10 million insurance money.

The shooter – a 61-year-old former client named Curtis Edward Smith, has admitted to his involvement and now faces a slew of criminal charges, including conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, assault and battery, assisted suicide and possession of drugs.

Mr. Alex Murdaugh has not yet been charged but police have said that additional charges are expected.

Sources: BBC

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