Alex Murdaugh to Surrender for Staging His Own Killing

by 24USATVSept. 16, 2021, 4 a.m. 24
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Alex Murdaugh, a prominent South Carolina lawyer who is at the center of multiple investigations after his wife and son were shot and killed at the family’s home in June, plans to turn himself in on Thursday on charges that he staged his own assassination, even as he continued to deny any involvement in the killing of his family.

One of Mr. Murdaugh’s lawyers, Jim Griffin, said Mr. Murdaugh faces charges including conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and lying to the police in connection with a Sept. 4 incident, in which Mr. Murdaugh admitted asking a client to shoot him so that his other son could collect on a $10 million insurance policy.

The stunning turn came on the same day that authorities in South Carolina announced they had opened an investigation into the 2018 death of a housekeeper at Mr. Murdaugh’s home.

The death of the housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, 57, was attributed in court documents to a “trip and fall” accident, but Angela Topper, the coroner in Hampton County, S.C., said the death was never reported to her office and no autopsy was conducted.

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