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Two murders, a suicide plot and mystery over a housekeeper's death – the questions swirling around one US lawyer

After the shooting deaths of his wife, and their younger son outside their home, a disgraced US Attorney was charged with murder.

Alex Murdaugh is currently in jail for dozens of criminal charges that he faces in connection to the deaths of his wife Maggie (52 years old) and their son Paul (22 years old).

He was not charged with the deaths of the couple in South Carolina in June last year.

Prosecutors allege that Murdaugh, 54, killed them using a shotgun. This is something he repeatedly denied.

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Murdaugh’s family has been dominating the Hampton County legal scene for almost a century.

Murdaugh’s grandfather, great-grandfather and father were elected as prosecutors in the region for 87 years.

The firm claims that he has been stealing from the company since he was a former employee.

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Murdaugh could be sentenced to 30 years to life without parole if convicted of murder. If more than one person was murdered, the state law allows for Murdaugh to be sentenced to death.

His defense team Jim Griffin and Dick Harpootlian released statements that stated: “Alex wants his family and friends to know that he didn’t have anything to do the murders Maggie and Paul.”

“He loved them more that anything in the universe.”

They stated that it was clear from the beginning that police were “focusing only on Murdaugh”


Why did he kill his friend?

Murdaugh was also accused of possessing a weapon in a violent crime.

Authorities began to investigate Murdaugh’s entire life after the June 2021 deaths.

Six investigations led to charges against him. He was accused of stealing $8.5m (PS7.2m), from the people who hired him, and lied to police saying he was shot on the roadside by a stranger. Officials say he asked a friend for help.

They claim he did this to allow his son, who is still alive, to receive a $10m (PS8.5m), life insurance policy. This was just days after the family firm discovered he was stealing.

The state police also stated that the information they received in the Murdaugh investigations led them to examine what was originally reported as the hit and run death of Stephen Smith, 19, in July 2015.


Questions about the death of a housekeeper

Agents also exhumed Gloria Satterfield, Murdaugh’s housekeeper who, according to the family, died in the hospital several days following a fall in 2018.

Prosecutors claimed Murdaugh convinced his home insurances to cover more than $4m (PS3.4m), in wrongful-death cases in Satterfield’s. He claimed that he was negotiating on behalf of her family, but in reality they claim he did not give them any money.

Murdaugh was arrested in June for allegedly helping him to commit suicide.

Murdaugh is also accused of writing 437 cheques totaling $2.4m (PS2m). His friend cashed the checks over eight years. Murdaugh kept some money for himself, while giving the rest to wide-ranging illegal activities.

Murdaugh has been disbarred by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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