Alex Murdaugh asks to be released from prison after 5 days behind bars – .

Alex Murdaugh asks to be released from prison after 5 days behind bars – .

COLUMBIA, SC – Lawyers for prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh plan to ask a judge on Tuesday to post bail on their client, who spent five nights in jail after his second arrest in about a month.

Murdaugh, whose wife and son were shot months ago in an unsolved murder, stole $ 3.4 million in insurance money intended for his housekeeper’s sons, died after falling into his home, according to affidavits from the state’s Law Enforcement Division.

Murdaugh is already on bail for a September arrest for insurance fraud after state agents said he attempted to stage his own roadside gunshot death so his surviving son could collect a $ 10 million life insurance policy. The supposedly fatal bullet only grazed him.

Murdaugh’s final bail hearing on two new charges of obtaining property under false pretenses is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday. He was arrested Thursday at a drug rehab center near Orlando, Florida, and returned to South Carolina.

Housekeeper’s insurance isn’t the only six-figure case investigated by state police. Murdaugh’s former law firm – founded by his great-grandfather a century ago – accused him of stealing millions of dollars.

Murdaugh’s attorney, Dick Harpootlian, said last week that Murdaugh planned to do what he can to right his financial wrongs and agreed that he would likely spend time in jail. Each charge of obtaining property under false pretenses carries a penalty of up to 10 years. The three counts related to the botched attempt to organize his own death could lead to up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Murdaugh continues to insist it has nothing to do with the June deaths of his wife, Maggie, 52, and their son Paul, 22. Murdaugh said he returned to their rural Colleton County home to find them shot. The tight-lipped state police did not name any suspects or exclude anyone.

Murdaugh’s housekeeper Gloria Satterfield died of a stroke and heart attack in February, more than three weeks after being injured in a fall at Murdaugh’s home. No autopsy was performed and a coroner said her death was incorrectly described as “natural” on her death certificate.

Murdaugh told Satterfield’s sons he would help them secure insurance settlements for his death, recommending that they hire attorney Cory Fleming without telling them Fleming was a friend of the family, according to a complaint filed by the sons.

Murdaugh negotiated more than $ 4 million in payments, then had the checks – less attorney’s fees and payments – sent to his bank account, authorities said.

An attorney for the sons said they had not seen money from the settlements.

Fleming promised to return all the money he received to the sons and pay them an unspecified amount of a malpractice insurance policy.

The state Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the law licenses of Fleming and Murdaugh.

In addition to all other cases, state police are investigating whether Murdaugh has any links to a 2015 hit-and-run death and whether he or other family members attempted to obstruct the investigation. on a boating accident involving Paul Murdaugh that killed a 19-year-old woman in 2019.

The Murdaugh family has dominated the Hampton County legal community for nearly a century. Murdaugh’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather were elected prosecutors and the family founded and built a prestigious law firm known to sue the railroads.


This story has been corrected; the housekeeper’s name was Gloria, not Glorida.


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