Alex Murdaugh arrested and will be charged in dead housekeeper's missing $4.3million insurance money payout

ALEX Murdaugh will be charged over his dead housekeeper's missing $4.3million insurance money payout.

Murdaugh, 52, was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday morning by law enforcement officials at a rehabilitation facility in Orange County, Florida.


Murdaugh's attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin told The State that their client would be extradited to South Carolina.

“He surrendered himself to SLED, he didn’t fight extradition, and he is coming back. He wants to face these charges,” Harpootlian told the outlet.

“It’s a shame he didn’t get to finish his rehabilitation.”

On September 15, State Law Enforcement Division announced it reopened a cause-of-death probe into Murdaugh’s housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, who was originally believed to have fatally tripped and fallen in 2018.

“The decedent’s death was not reported to the Coroner at the time, nor was an autopsy performed,” Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper said.

“On the death certificate, the manner of death was ruled “Natural,” which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident.”

Investigators took a closer look at what happened to her money and the valuables after she died.

A SLED spokesman said: “Based upon a request from the Hampton County Coroner Earlier today, as well as information gathered during the course of our other ongoing investigations involving Alex Murdaugh, SLED is opening a criminal investigation into the death of Gloria Satterfield and the handling of her estate."

Murdaugh's attorneys said their client will be charged with two counts of breach of trust in connection with the Satterfield matter.

Thursday's arrest is the latest saga surrounding Murdaugh, which started in June with the unsolved murders of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, at their Colleton County country home.

In September, a top Lowcountry law firm, PMPED, issued a public statement accusing its longtime partner Murdaugh of embezzling money from the firm and its clients.



On September 14, reports emerged that Murdaugh allegedly hired a hitman to kill him so that his surviving son could get a $10million insurance policy.

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested in connection to the September 4 shooting of Murdaugh, who was shot in the head as he changed his tire outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

However, Smith claimed that he had no intention beforehand to shoot the man he loved "like a brother."

Murdaugh asked Smith to meet him on the side of an isolated road on September 4, Smith claims.

"I want you to shoot me in the back of the head," Smith recalled Murdaugh's words as he placed a loaded gun in his hand.

"It ain't going to happen," he allegedly replied.

In the ensuing struggle, the gun went off, and Murdaugh was airlifted to a Savannah hospital later that night after he was found shot in the head, Smith claims.

"I don’t know if betrayed is even the word for it," Smith told the New York Times of the shooting.

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