Date: September 14th, 2021 11:43 PM
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SLED: Alex Murdaugh orchestrated own shooting for $10M life insurance policy, Walterboro man arrested for assisting
Sep 14, 2021 / 08:44 PM EDT
The Murdaugh Investigation
Posted: / Updated: Sep 14, 2021 / 11:34 PM EDT
COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed Tuesday night that an arrest has been made in connection to the September 4 shooting of Alex Murdaugh. SLED says that Murdaugh orchestrated the shooting so that a beneficiary could collect a $10 million life insurance policy.
Murdaugh was shot in the head while changing a tire on a rural Hampton County road.
Curtis Edward Smith (61) of Walterboro has been charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
According to SLED, Murdaugh gave Smith the gun and directed Smith to shoot him so that his son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy.
“On September 13, 2021 Mr. Murdaugh provided a statement to SLED admitting to the scheme of having Mr. Smith murder him for the purpose of his son collecting a life insurance policy valued at approximately ten million dollars.”
The shooting came just days after Murdaugh resigned from his law firm over accusations of misallocating millions of dollars in funds, which Murdaugh vowed to repay to the firm.
He also announced that he would be entering rehab for what his brother indicated was a drug problem.
Murdaugh apologized openly and said that the recent murder of his wife and son exacerbated his issues.
Editor’s note: This story is breaking and will be updated.