Waiver of extradition, provided by Orange County Corrections, says Murdaugh agrees to “waive issuance and service [warrant] and all other proceedings incidental to the extradition proceedings ”, and agrees to remain in detention without bond.
Earlier on Friday, speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” his attorney Dick Harpootlian said he expected them to “hold a bail hearing early in the next week “.
Murdaugh was on bail for an insurance fraud case and was in a drug rehab center in Orlando, Fla. When he was arrested Thursday on charges of embezzlement of settlement funds.
No information has been given on when or how Murdaugh will return to South Carolina.
The death of the governess
South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division, or SLED, announced in mid-September that it was opening a criminal investigation into the death of Gloria Satterfield, Murdaugh’s former housekeeper. SLED launched the inquest after a request from the Hampton County Coroner highlighting inconsistencies in the decision of his death, along with other information gathered during other inquests involving Murdaugh.
Satterfield worked for the Murdaughs for 25 years and died in what was described as a “trip and fall” accident at the Murdaugh’s home in 2018, said Eric Bland, attorney for the Satterfield estate.
In its request to SLED, the coroner’s office wrote that Satterfield’s death had “not been reported to the coroner at the time, and no autopsy was performed.” His death certificate indicates that the mode of death was “natural”, which the coroner said was “inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip-and-fall accident.”
After Satterfield’s death, a wrongful death claim of $ 500,000 was filed against Murdaugh on behalf of his estate, Bland told CNN. The estate did not receive any of the money owed as a result of a 2018 civil settlement, according to Bland.
In September, Bland took legal action against Murdaugh on behalf of Satterfield’s estate to get the money they claim was owed.
Bland released a statement Thursday on behalf of Satterfield’s children – Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriott – regarding Murdaugh’s arrest.
“Today is a bittersweet day for the Satterfield and Harriott families,” the statement from Bland read. “Families and their lawyers are proud of the way our justice system has performed since the family had the courage to file their initial lawsuit… no one is above the law. “
Thursday’s arrest represents the latest legal and personal challenge for Murdaugh, who survived a bullet to the head in September and, authorities said, later admitted the shooting was a conspiracy with a former client to kill him in the part of a fraud scheme so that his only surviving son could collect insurance compensation.
Authorities said several other investigations related to the Murdaugh family were underway, including the June deaths of Murdaugh’s wife and other son, who were shot dead at their family estate in Islandton.