Alex Murdaugh Arrested, Charged Over Insurance Settlements in Housekeeper’s Death

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Arrested South Carolina lawyer adds to trial with other problems

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The arrest sets up a spate of other problems for Mr. Murdoff, the heir to a vast legal empire in South Carolina. Last month, he was charged with attempting to arrange his murder by hiring an accomplice to shoot him over Labor Day weekend. His lawyers said the effort was driven by his addiction, which spiraled out of control after the unsolved murder of his wife Maggie and son Paul at the family’s hunting estate in southeastern South Carolina on June 7.

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State investigators have also launched an investigation into two other suspicious deaths, those of longtime housekeeper Gloria Satterfield in 2018 and Stephen Smith, a classmate of the Murdoff sons, in 2015. Mr Murdoff was already under scrutiny for his role. The death of Mallory Beach, who died in 2019 after a boat operated by Paul Murdog collided with a bridge.

SLED chief Mark Keel said the arrests are “only one more step in the long process of justice for the many victims in these investigations … We are committed to following the facts where they can take us and until justice is served.” We won’t stop.”

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Mr Murdoff is being held at a Florida corrections facility while he awaits a hearing on his extradition to South Carolina. In a statement, Mr Murdaugh’s attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin said they expect SLED officers to take him to Beaufort, S.C., where he will appear before a judge for a bond hearing on Friday.

“Alex intends to cooperate fully with this investigation as he has an investigation into the murders of his wife and son,” his lawyers said. “He deeply regrets that his actions have distracted from efforts to solve his murders.”

Lawyers have previously said Mr Murdoff has been under treatment for his long-running addiction to opioids since early September.

Ms Satterfield’s sons recently sued Murdoff, saying they had entered into a wrongful-death settlement of a $4.3 million insurance settlement following his death in a trip-and-fall accident at the Murdoff home in February 2018. . In that lawsuit, Ms. Satterfield’s sons said they never received any money, “not a dime.”

Eric Bland, the attorney representing the Satterfield sons, said in a statement that his clients were devastated by the “betrayal of trust” they had known for decades. Mr Bland called the arrest “a very good start to holding everyone accountable” who either knowingly participated or violated their duties.

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