A South Carolina man was charged on Tuesday for shooting and killing a troubled lawyer. Alex Murdo In the mind of an assisted suicide plan to pour $ 10 million in insurance money on his surviving son.
The alleged plot was shown in a court document released after Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was strangled in a September 4 shooting and Murdo, 53, survived.
“Mr. Murdo supplied Smith with firearms and instructed him to shoot his head,” the affidavit said.
The affidavit shows that Madau confessed his plans on Monday and nominated Smith as an archer. The document states that Smith then allowed him to be there and remove the gun.
Smith was also charged with distributing methamphetamine and possessing marijuana, South Carolina Law Enforcement said.
A law enforcement officer who knew the situation directly told The Daily Beast that Smith and Murdo knew each other and Smith supplied the lawyer with drugs. According to court records, Murdau represented Smith in a personal injury proceeding 10 years ago.
Smith’s arrest and accusation is the most amazing development to date in a story with more twists than the lowcountry backstreets already included. Allegations of double murder, drug addiction, embezzlement..
Murdaugh was a descendant of a powerful dynasty and was a partner of the companies Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick, founded by his great-grandfather.
In 2019, when Murdo’s son Paul was charged with a drunken boat accident that killed a young woman, a clan that had dominated the local prosecutor’s office for decades was pushed into the headlines.
Then in June, Alex Murdo discovered that Paul, 22, and his mother, Maggie, 52, were shot dead near a kennel in the family’s vast hunting grounds.
Alex Murdo’s life was as the double murder remained unresolved Spiral is roughly out of control..
Two weeks ago he called 911 from a country road and He was shot in the head, Reportedly changing tires. The situation was in turmoil — and then things got even darker.
Murdo suddenly went into drug addiction rehab and announced that he would resign from the law firm, saying “I have made many decisions that I really regret.”
The intriguing statement was followed by the company’s announcement that Madau was investigating allegations of misappropriation of funds. This is an issue that the state police are currently investigating.
Questions about the shooting were still swirling when Smith’s arrest was announced-Murdo’s lawyer, who was forced to deny a superficial head injury, was self-harming.
“On September 13, 2021, Mr. Madau issued a statement to SLED, acknowledging Mr. Smith’s plans to kill him for the purpose of collecting about $ 10 million worth of life insurance from his son,” the affidavit said. ing.
In addition to assisted suicide and insurance fraud, Smith was charged with assault and assault, pointing at a firearm. Police said more charges were expected, and the affidavit described Murdo as a “co-defendant.”
— Blake Montgomery contributed to the report
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