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Attorney turns himself in after botched suicide for $10 million life insurance scam

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Sep. 16 2021, Published 12:38 p.m. ET

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Alex Murdaugh, a high-profile attorney in South Carolina and a central figure in a month’s long murder investigation, has turned himself on charges in connection to a botched suicide.

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Police say Murdaugh and Curtis Smith conspired to kill Murdaugh so his son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy. But Murdaugh suffered only a superficial wound and on Sept. 16 turned himself into South Carolina officials on several criminal charges.

Murdaugh was charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report. He was booked into the Hampton County Detention Center.

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On Sept. 4, Murdaugh called police to say he was shot. But, investigators say it was a conspiracy for life insurance money. Smith followed Murdaugh on the country road where he shot the high-profile attorney.

Smith admitted to agents his role in the scheme and disposing of the gun afterward, according to arrest warrants.

Days after the shooting, agents detained Smith and found he had marijuana and had enough methamphetamine to be charged with distribution of the drug.

Investigators have not said how Murdaugh knew Smith.

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The shooting was to allow Murdaugh’s son to collect a $10 million life insurance policy, according toarrest warrants.

Murdaugh was shot months after his son, Paul Murdaugh, and his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, were murdered on the family’s South Carolina property. There have been no arrests in connection to the murders.


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There have been many twists and turns in the case as police investigate, but they have released few details.

Investigators have reopened a 2015 case where police initially said it was a hit-and-run death near a Murdaugh property. Earlier this week, state agents announced they were opening a criminal investigation into allegations of misappropriation of funds from a law firm by Alex Murdaugh.

At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh faced charges of boating under the influence in connection to a 2019 boat crash that killed a fellow University of South Carolina student, Mallory Beach.


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