(CNN) — A boating accident; his wife and one of his sons shot to death; a shot to the head of the survivor; a key exam who died in an alleged domestic accident. The life of Alex Murdaugh is surrounded by tragedies and all of them are cause for investigation.
Murdaugh, a South Carolina attorney, surrendered to police on Thursday, who were looking for him on fraud charges. Now she also faces a lawsuit from Gloria Satterfield’s family, her key exam.
Eric Bland, who represents the estate of Murdaugh’s key examination, whose death is now under investigation by police, told CNN’s Erin Burnett: “They have lied to you, they have taken money, they have cheated on you.”
Bland filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Satterfield estate Wednesday against Alex Murdaugh, former estate attorney Cory Fleming, as well as Palmetto State Bank.
Bland said Murdaugh is “making a defense that does not exist.”
Satterfield was the Murdaugh family’s housekeeper for more than two decades before she died in 2018, after what was described as a “slip and fall accident” at the Murdaugh home, according to attorney Eric Bland.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced Wednesday that it was opening a criminal investigation based on a request from the Hampton County coroner highlighting inconsistencies in the ruling on Satterfield’s manner of death, as well as the information collected during the other ongoing SLED investigations involving Murdaugh.
Mysteries, deaths and conspiracy
In recent years, Alex Murdaugh’s life has been surrounded by mysteries and deaths. On February 24, 2019, a boat crashed into a bridge near Parris Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. There, 19-year-old Mallory Beach died, according to court documents from CNN affiliate OMCC.
Six people were on board the ship at the time of the accident, including 19-year-old Paul T. Murdaugh, son of Alex Murdaugh, who also owned the ship. Paul Murdaugh was indicted in April of that year on the charges of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) causing extensive bodily harm and death in connection with the accident, court records show. He pleaded not guilty.
On June 7, 2021, Alex Murdaugh called 911 and reported that he found his wife Margaret, 52, and their son Paul, then 22, shot to death outside their home in Islandton, a small community an hour away. north of Hilton, Head Island.
Colleton County Sheriff’s Deputies determined that both victims had multiple gunshot wounds. The deaths are under investigation but have yet to be resolved.
The series of tragedies did not end there. On September 4, Murdaugh was shot in the head on a highway, but survived. A family spokesman had previously blamed an unidentified man in a blue truck for the shooting. But Murdaugh admitted to authorities that he had conspired with a man, identified by police as Curtis Edward Smith, a former client of Murdaugh, to kill him as part of the scheme, according to an affidavit to support the charges against Smith.
After he was shot, Murdaugh called 911 to report that he had been shot on a highway in Hampton County, according to SLED, and taken to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia.
Authorities initially described Murdaugh’s injury as a “superficial gunshot wound to the head,” although Murdaugh’s attorneys said his skull was fractured in the shooting.
Murdaugh allegedly provided Smith with a firearm and ordered him to shoot him in the head. Smith admitted to being present at the shooting and then disposing of the firearm, the affidavit says.
Murdaugh decided to end his own life, but believed his life insurance policy had a suicide exclusion, attorney Dick Harpootlian told NBC’s “Today Show,” and that the plan “was an attempt on his part. do something to protect “her eldest and only living child.
Smith, 61, was charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, according to the Carolina Law Enforcement Division. from the south.
This article includes reports from Madeline Holcombe, Dakin Andone and Angela Barajas,