THE “assassin hitman” Alex Murdaugh who allegedly hired to kill him claims he shot Murdaugh unintentionally and without knowledge of the plan beforehand, in the latest development of the vast network of murders that associated with the entered legal family.
Curtis Edward Smith, a handyman and Murdaugh’s alleged drug dealer, was arrested and charged last month for conspiring with the South Carolina law mogul to shoot him and adapt the murder as a suicide.
But Smith now says he has no plans to first shoot the man he loves “like a brother.”
Murdaughter Smith was asked to meet him on the side of a secluded road on Sept. 4.
“I want you to shoot me in the back of the head,” Smith recalled Murdaugh saying as a loaded gun was placed on him.
“It won’t happen,” he replied.
In the ensuing struggle, the gun exploded, and Murdaugh was airlifted to a hospital in Savannah that night after he was found shot in the head.
“I don’t know if betrayed is even the word for it,” Smith said told the New York Times of the hunt.
“I thought of him as a brother, you know, and loved him like a brother.
“And I would have done everything for him. Almost.”
State investigators accused Murdaugh of attempting to orchestrate his own murder so that his only surviving child could take home a $ 10 million life insurance payment.
But Murdaugh’s attorney Richard A. Harpootlian, who also serves as Democratic state senator, who claimed in court that the fallen legal scion was driven by his addiction to oxycodone.
“He had and has had a significant opioid addiction that led him to financial issues and there is no question in this situation,” Harpootlian told Hampton County Judge Tonja Alexander.
“It’s a 20-year addiction, it’s something he struggles with every day,” he added.
“I can tell you as a result of recent events: he is no longer a man of great value.
“Everything he owns is usually segregated,” he said, adding that the insurance covers the charge for his legal defense.
Harpootlian argued: “The only violence he had with him was this, that he killed himself.
“So he is not dangerous to the community. The only danger he had was a danger to himself. “
Then, a judge allowed Murdaugh to cash out $ 10,000 personal identification, $ 5,000 for conspiracy and $ 5,000 bond for filing a false police report.
Smith faces assisted suicide, assault and battery of an extreme nature, pointing and displaying a gun, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
This piles on additional charges of “methamphetamine distribution and possession of marijuana,” according to local authorities.
To further complicate the case, Murdaugh resigned a day before he was found shot from the prestigious law firm founded a century ago by his grandfather: Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED).
In a statement released Sept. 6, the PMPED accused Murdaugh of “misuse of funds.”
“On Friday, September 3, 2021, Alex Murdaugh resigned from the Law Firm,” it read.
“He is no longer associated with PMPED in any way. His resignation came after PMPED discovered that Alex had adapted the funding in violation of PMPED standards and policies.”
Murdaugh also released a statement the day after he was shot in response to the deaths of his wife and son in a horrific double-blind shooting three months ago.
“The murders of my wife and son caused an incredibly difficult time in my life,” he wrote.
“I made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. I resigned from my law firm and went into rehab after a long battle exacerbated by these murders.
“I deeply apologize to everyone I have hurt, including my family, friends and colleagues.
“I’m asking for prayers as I restore myself and my relationships.”
Murdaugh found his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, shot dead at the family hunting lodge on June 7th.
The corpses are a yard apart near dog kennels on the expanding 1,700 acre property in Colleton County.
Maggie’s wounds are characteristic of an assault rifle while Paul is a shotgun, leading investigators to believe the two were killed by different weapons.
Murdaugh was named a person interested in the case.
Murdaugh, whose net worth is approximately $ 1 million, comes from a longtime South Carolina legal dynasty with deep ties to the local justice system.
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