Alex Murdaugh: A man charged with shooting a prominent lawyer which officials said was a conspiracy to commit insurance fraud

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, of Colleton County is charged with assisted suicide; conspiracy to commit insurance fraud; pointing and firing a gun; and attacks and batteries of a high and aggravated nature, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

According to the affidavit filed to support the charges, Murdaugh allegedly conspired with Smith in the Sept. 4 shooting, giving him a gun and ordering Smith to shoot him in the head.

The intent, according to the affidavit, was to kill Smith Murdaugh so that his son could collect a life insurance payment of approximately $ 10 million.

Murdaugh, who survived the shooting, admitted to the procedure Monday, the affidavit said. On Tuesday, Smith admitted he was present at the shooting of Murdaugh and at the disposal of the gun, the affidavit said.

Murdaugh was described as a co-defendant in the affidavit, though no charges have been announced against the 53-year-old attorney.

SLED said additional charges are expected in the case. Smith was also charged with distributing methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, according to SLED.

It’s unclear if Smith has retained legal advice so far. CNN reached out to the Murdaugh family spokesman for comment.

With the immediate result of the shooting, Murdaugh called 911 to report that he had been shot on a road in Hampton County, according to a statement from SLED spokesman Tommy Crosby. He was taken to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, where he was treated for a “superficial gunshot wound to the head,” the statement said.

Next week, a family spokesman released a statement indicating the injury was more serious and outlining more details of the incident.

“Alex pulled over after seeing a tire light. A male driver with a blue pick-up asked him if he had any problems with the car, Alex immediately responded, he was shot,” the statement said.

Well -known family in South Carolina

Murdaugh is a member of a well -known family of lawmakers in South Carolina. The Murdaugh family has three generations serving as 14th Circuit Solicitor, leading prosecutions for the counties of Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper in southern South Carolina.

Recently, they have been embroiled in a series of bloody tragedies – including the deadly shooting of Murdaugh’s wife and children Margaret and Paul in June.

A day before the shooting incident, Murdaugh resigned from law firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick (PMPED), according to the company.

The South Carolina lawyer was shot in the head 3 months after his wife and son were killed

Days later, the firm said Murdaugh’s resignation came “after PMPED discovered that Alex had adapted the funding in violation of PMPED standards and policies.”

His license was subsequently suspended, according to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Randy Murdaugh IV, brother of Alex Murdaugh and also an attorney at the firm of PMPED, issued a statement about the resignation in recognition of what attorney Jim Griffin identified as Alex Murdaugh’s opioid addiction.

“I was shocked, like the rest of the PMPED family, to learn about my brother Alex, drug addiction and money theft,” Randy Murdaugh wrote in the statement.

SLED announced Monday that it has opened an investigation into Murdaugh based on allegations of misuse of funds.

A family tragedy

Two days after the shooting, Murdaugh released a statement saying he would enter rehab.

“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made many decisions that I truly regret,” he said in the statement. “I am resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle exacerbated by these killings. I apologize to everyone I have hurt including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I recover. myself and my relationships. “

On June 7, Alex Murdaugh called 911 and reported that he found his wife Margaret, 52, and son Paul, then 22, shot dead outside their home in Islandton, a small community about one hour north of Hilton Head Island, according to SLED.

South Carolina lawyer resigned and entered rehab after being shot in the head months after the deaths of his wife and son

Colleton County Sheriff’s representatives determined that both victims had multiple gunshot wounds.

His brothers John Marvin Murdaugh and Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh IV, immediately after spoke to “Good Morning America” about the murder and said they did not believe Alex was involved.

“My sister loved Maggie and she loved Paul like nothing else in this world, just as much as she loved (her other child) Buster,” Randy told “GMA.” “So, there’s no possible way for him to have anything to do with it, I can assure you.”

SLED has asked the public to withhold judgment until the investigation is completed.

While investigating the couple’s death, SLED gathered information that prompted them to reopen the investigation into the unresolved death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, whose body was found on the road in 2015 in Hampton County, the agency said.

CNN’s Melissa Alonso and Eric Levenson contributed to this report.


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