Prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh whothree months ago tried to arrange his own death earlier this month so his son would get a $10 million life insurance payment, but the planned fatal shot only grazed his head, state police said Tuesday. Shooter Curtis Edward Smith was arrested in connection with the September 4 shooting of Alex Murdaugh in Hampton County.
The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that Murdaugh gave Smith the gun to kill him.
Murdaugh wasn’t charged Tuesday night, but agents said more charges were expected.
Who is Curtis Edward Smith?
Curtis Edward Smith has been named as Alex Murdaugh’s alleged co-conspirator who was reportedly arrested after Murdaugh allegedly has given him instructions to shoot him in the head and even provided the handgun. Court records show Smith is Murdaugh’s former client. He was taken into custody by SLED.
According to SLED, additional criminal charges are expected.
Alex Murdaugh allegedly instructed Curtis Edward Smith to shoot him so his son would get a $10 million life insurance payment. The shot only grazed him. https://t.co/T8TjNDk8ZE
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How old is Curtis Edward Smith?
Curtis Edward Smith’s age has not been made public yet.
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An investigation in the shooting incident of South Carolina-based legal scion Alex Murdaugh’s shooting incident. Murdaugh wanted to help his surviving son to collect payments on a $10 million life insurance policy
Murdaugh survived the September 4 shooting, which happened months after the unsolved slayings of his wife and adult son. Murdaugh was traveling to Charleston through a longer route when his car broke down on Sept. 4.
Murdaugh was shot in the head but escaped with superficial wounds and was released soon from the hospital.
Investigators are now saying this was a well-thought event with Murdaugh being at the helm of it.
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Five days after Murdaugh’s family patriarch was shot, it was reported there was a possibility he might have slashed his own tires and everything that followed once he stepped out of the car was pre-planned by him.
The knife used to puncture the tire was recovered and it linked back to him.
Alex Murdaugh is accused of hiring a person, identified by South Carolina investigators as Curtis Edward Smith, to kill him on Sept. 4.
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It was also reported that the attorney’s car, a Mercedes, is equipped with run-flat tires and doesn’t include spares. Reports speculated this would mean “there would have been no reason for Murdaugh to pull over…”
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Murdaugh’s lawyer Jim Griffin denied the reports saying his client was shot by someone who first enquired if there was a problem and help was needed. Griffin said Murdaugh heard a gunshot next and realized he has been shot.
He had to be airlifted to a hospital after passing out before he could dial 911.
Nearly one and a half weeks after the incident, the alleged shooter Curtis Edward Smith has been arrested.
It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.
What We Know So Far
As for Murdaugh, the embattled attorney’s law license was suspended by South Carolina’s Supreme Court amidst allegations that he misappropriated his law firm’s funds.
He resigned and announced he was entering rehab for a short while.
SLED is still investigating the homicide of his wife and son for which he remains a suspect.