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Alex Murdaugh shooting: a former client accused of “assisted suicide”


A former client of Alex Murdaugh was arrested Tuesday and charged with ‘assisted suicide’ and assault in the shooting and injuries of the prominent South Carolina lawyer this month, the latest twist in a mysterious series crimes that have come under scrutiny since June, when Mr Murdaugh returned home to find his wife and son shot dead.

The former client, Curtis Edward Smith, 61, has also been charged with assault and battery, robbery of a firearm, insurance fraud and sale of methamphetamine, a police department said. State in a press release. Mr Murdaugh’s attorney did not respond to inquiries regarding the arrest.

Mr Murdaugh, 53, represented Mr Smith as recently as 2015 in a lawsuit Mr Smith brought against a forest management company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had also represented Mr. Smith in several other cases, including minor traffic violations.

Mr. Murdaugh called 911 from a rural road in Hampton County, South Carolina, on September 4 to say he had been shot in the head, an injury that police described as a gunshot wound ” superficial “. Mr Murdaugh told police he pulled over to the side of the road to inspect a flat tire when someone pulled up in a pickup truck, asked if he was having any car problems and shot him in the head, Mr Murdaugh’s lawyer said. .

A day earlier, Mr Murdaugh had been kicked out of his family law firm, which said he discovered he had embezzled millions of dollars. Mr Murdaugh released an apologetic statement to his family and colleagues and said he was entering rehab. It was a staggering fall for Mr. Murdaugh, who is part of a legal dynasty that has built up strong ties in the South Carolina Lowcountry over the past century. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all served as supreme prosecutors in a five-county area for more than eight decades, until 2006.

A spokeswoman for Mr Murdaugh had vehemently denied that the roadside shooting was self-inflicted, saying he suffered an entry and exit injury and a fractured skull.

The shooting came nearly three months after Mr Murdaugh returned to his family’s large rural property in Islandton, South Carolina, and discovered that his wife, Maggie, and son Paul, a 22-year-old student , had been shot dead.

The murders, which remain unsolved, have drawn attention to the Murdaugh family’s turbulent history in the region. At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was facing charges of crashing a drunken boat in 2019, killing Mallory Beach, a passenger, and injuring others.


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