Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

Attorney Hired Man to Kill Him Months After Wife, Son Murdered: Police

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A high-profile attorney in South Carolina hired another man to shoot him for a life insurance payout months after his wife and son were killed, authorities said in court documents. Curtis Edward Smith, 61, conspired with Alex Murdaugh, 53, in the plan, South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division said. On Sept. 4, “Mr. Murdaugh provided Mr. Smith with a firearm and directed Mr. Smith to shoot him in the head for the purpose of causing Mr. Murdaugh’s death and allowing for the payment of a stated death benefit to a beneficiary of the insured, Mr. Murdaugh,” an affidavit in the case against Smith stated. Smith followed Murdaugh to Old Salkehatchie Road in Varnville and shot Murdaugh as he stood in the road, authorities said. After the shooting, Smith drove somewhere and disposed of the firearm. But Murdaugh survived the shooting and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Murdaugh admitted this …

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