An influential American lawyer, whose wife and one of his children were murdered, was accused of fraud against an insurance company and false testimony for organizing his own murder.
According to the agency France-Presse, the 53-year-old Alex Murdaugh’s intention was for his youngest son to collect a 10 million dollar prize of a life insurance. The man turned himself in to South Carolina police on Thursday, then was released on parole after posting a $20,000 bond.
Despite denying responsibility for the death of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, he admitted to having asked a former client to shoot him so that his youngest son could get the prize. The sniper wounded him in the head on September 4, but the lawyer survived.
At Thursday’s hearing, his lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, said the client had suffered for 20 years from a opiate addiction. While waiting for the trial, he will undergo a detox treatment.
South Carolina police are also investigating evasion charges at a law firm, as well as the death of her maid, Gloria Satterfield, in 2018. The death was classified as “natural”.
In June, an investigation into the death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, found in 2015 near Murdaugh’s home, with signs of being run over, was reopened. The police explained that they made this decision after receiving information.
The son, Paul, suffered a navigation accident in 2019, during which a young woman died. He was accused of “driving a boat in a state of intoxication with the result of death”, but his trial was never scheduled. His death ended the process.