A dead housekeeper and a hitman: Murdaugh family mystery gets more strange
Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were shot and killed in June, plans to voluntarily surrender to police on charges related to a subsequent insurance fraud scheme, his lawyer told CNN.
According to court documents, Murdaugh arranged for a former client to kill him so that his surviving son could collect a life insurance payout of about $10 million.
One of Murdaugh’s lawyers, Jim Griffin, told CNN that they have been informed an arrest warrant has been issued for Murdaugh on charges of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. Murdaugh plans to voluntarily surrender at the Hampton County jail by 2 p.m., according to Griffin.
Murdaugh was shot in the head on a roadway September 4 but survived. A family spokesperson had previously blamed the shooting on an unidentified man in a blue truck. However, Murdaugh admitted to authorities Monday that he had conspired with a man — identified by police as Curtis Edward Smith — to kill him as part of the scheme, according to an affidavit to support charges against Smith.
Murdaugh decided to end his own life but believed his life insurance policy had a suicide exclusion, his other attorney Dick Harpootlian said, and that the scheme “was an attempt on his part to do something to protect” his eldest and only living child.
Additionally, state investigators have announced the opening of two other investigations regarding the 2015 unsolved death of a teen as well as the 2018 death of the Murdaugh family’s housekeeper.
The killings of his wife and son on June 7 have not been solved, and Murdaugh has denied responsibility.