A South Carolina man was arrested on charges of assisted suicide and fraud in the murder of lawyer Alex Murdaugh earlier this month, authorities said on Tuesday.
Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested in connection with the September 4 shooting, which Murdaugh survived, the South Carolina law enforcement division said in a statement.
Murdaugh told 911 he was shot in the head while changing a flat tire, police said.
The state’s law enforcement division said Murdaugh suffered a “superficial” gunshot wound to the head.
The shooting took place nearly three months after Murdaugh’s wife and adult son were found fatally shot on the family’s property in rural Islandton on June 7.
The bodies of Margaret and Paul Murdaugh were found on June 7 near kennels on the family’s hunting property in Colleton County, west of Charleston. They had been shot.
Their deaths were classified by state investigators as a double homicide.
Murdaugh, 53, who is part of a prominent legal family in South Carolina, has not been charged with any felony.
Smith was charged with assisted suicide, aggravated assault and bodily harm, robbery and display of a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit financial fraud. insurance, the law enforcement division, SLED said Tuesday evening.
He said Smith, of Colleton County, was also arrested for distributing methamphetamine and possession of marijuana and that additional charges were pending.
Smith was being held in jail Tuesday night, officials said. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
Days after the September 4 shooting, Murdaugh said in a statement that he quit his job at a law firm to enter rehab. He said he “made a lot of decisions which I really regret” and that the murders of his wife and son caused an incredibly difficult time.
The law firm said Murdaugh only resigned after the partners discovered he had allegedly embezzled funds. South Carolina law enforcement officials announced on Monday that they were investigating charges that Murdaugh had “embezzled” company money.