A cascading series of events has placed a prominent South Carolina lawyer in the midst of several state investigations and civil lawsuits after he was shot in what police now say is a botched insurance fraud scheme by months after the murders of his wife and son.
Alex Murdaugh, a member of a well-known Hampton County legal family who ran a local attorney’s office for more than 80 years, was allegedly shot dead by a former client in hopes that his life insurance policy of 10 million dollars would be paid to his survivors. son.
Murdaugh survived the shooting and was charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report. Curtis Edward Smith, Murdaugh’s former client, has since been charged with several crimes in connection with the scheme.
In June, Murdaugh’s wife and other son were fatally shot, and Murdaugh’s lawyers have since presented their client as a grieving father and husband who had struggled with opioid addiction and also robbed his office. lawyers.
The deaths of Murdaugh’s son and wife, Paul and Maggie Murdaugh, also prompted state police to investigate other deaths, including a 19-year-old who was killed in an alleged hit-and-run in 2015 and the death of an old Murdaugh family. governess.