The new inquest into Ms Satterfield’s death came after lawyers representing her two sons said the children had not received any of the $ 505,000 in settlements their former lawyer made with Mr Murdaugh.
In this case, Ms. Satterfield’s death was attributed to injuries sustained during a “trip and fall”. But Ms Topper, the local coroner, said the death was listed as ‘natural’ on Ms Satterfield’s death certificate, which she said was ‘incompatible’ with an accidental fall.
The sons, Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriott, who are now both in their 20s, were not involved in the negotiations and signed no settlement agreement, the sons’ new attorneys, Ronnie Richter and Eric Bland, said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit named Mr. Murdaugh and the law firm and individual attorney who had represented the sons as defendants.
The new attorneys said Mr. Murdaugh introduced Mrs. Satterfield’s sons to one of the attorneys who represented them in the rules, but they did not know how close the lawyer was to Mr. Murdaugh.
Mr Richter said in an interview that he did not expect State Police to open a criminal investigation, but he was happy that Ms Satterfield’s death was the subject of further scrutiny.
“I can’t remember a case that required more sunlight than this,” he said. “Wherever it comes from, that’s a good thing.