True Crime: South Carolina lawyer was shot in a $10 million assisted suicide scheme he plotted himself. .
Curtis Edward Smith, 61, of South Carolina, was arrested after allegedly shooting Alex Murdaugh as a part of a $10 million assisted suicide insurance plot. However, the shooting didnât go as planned, as Murdaugh was supposed to die on the scene, but he survived.
South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh allegedly arranged for a man to kill him so his son could collect on a $10 million life insurance policy. pic.twitter.com/4Wg0pPZ5uS
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As UniladÂ reports, earlier this month, the 53-year-old lawyer was seemingly attacked in roadside gunfire. According to police records, he was changing a tire in Hampton County when he was shot in the head. The man miraculously survived the shooting, but the case didnât end there.
Murdaugh, the scion of a decades-long legal dynasty of top prosecutors, was shot shortly after losing his wife and son. They were killed on their rural estate, but no one has been arrested for the double murder yet. Thankfully, the lawyerâs other son survived.
But while Murdaughâs shooting appeared to be connected to his wife and sonâs murders, it turned out to be a part of a botched insurance fraud he plotted to secure his surviving son.
Smith, the man who pulled the trigger, was arrested on charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. AsÂ perÂ The Daily Beast, an affidavit stated:
âMr. Murdaugh supplied Mr. Smith with a firearm and directed Mr. Smith to shoot him in the head.â
An unfolding murder case in South Carolina has taken a startling turn. Police now say that prominent lawyer Alex Murdaugh planned his own shooting in a life insurance scheme. pic.twitter.com/v0s1Htdrtm
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Eventually, both Murdaugh and Smith admitted to their crimes. Attorney Dick Harpootlian said:
â[Murdaugh] didnât want law enforcement spending more time on this fake crime instead of focusing on solving the murders of Maggie and Paul.â
Murdaugh, who also battles an opioid addiction, believed âending his life was his only option.â
âFor the last 20 years, there have been many people feeding his addiction to opioids. During that time, these individuals took advantage of his addiction and his ability to pay substantial funds for illegal drugs. One of those individuals took advantage of his mental illness and agreed to take Alexâs life, by shooting him in the head.
Fortunately, Alex was not killed by the gunshot wound. Alex is fully cooperating with SLED in their investigations into his shooting, opioid use, and the search to find the person or people responsible for the murder of his wife and son. Alex is not without fault, but he is just one of many whose life has been devastated by opioid addiction.â
In an official statement, the South Carolina lawyer confirmed he had entered rehab, adding:
âThe murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. Iâm resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders.â
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