Former Consumer Charged With Taking pictures Alex Murdaugh in ‘Assisted Suicide’ Try

A former shopper of Alex Murdaugh’s was arrested on Tuesday and charged with “assisted suicide” and assault within the capturing and wounding of the outstanding South Carolina lawyer this month, the most recent twist in a mysterious collection of crimes which have drawn intense scrutiny since June, when Mr. Murdaugh got here dwelling to seek out his spouse and son shot to demise.

The previous shopper, Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was additionally charged with battery, pointing a gun, insurance coverage fraud and promoting methamphetamine, a state police company mentioned in a press release. Mr. Murdaugh’s lawyer didn’t reply to inquiries in regards to the arrest.

Mr. Murdaugh, 53, represented Mr. Smith as lately as 2015 in a lawsuit that Mr. Smith had filed towards a forest administration firm primarily based in Charlotte, N.C. He had additionally represented Mr. Smith in a number of different instances, together with minor visitors violations.

Mr. Murdaugh known as 911 from a rural street in Hampton County, S.C., on Sept. four to say he had been shot within the head, an damage the police have described as a “superficial” gunshot wound. Mr. Murdaugh informed the police that he had stopped on the facet of the street to examine a flat tire when somebody pulled up in a pickup truck, requested whether or not he was having automotive hassle and shot him within the head, Mr. Murdaugh’s lawyer has mentioned.

A day earlier, Mr. Murdaugh had been pushed out of his household regulation agency, which mentioned it found that he had misused tens of millions of {dollars}. Mr. Murdaugh issued a press release apologizing to his household and his colleagues and mentioned he was coming into rehab. It was a surprising fall for Mr. Murdaugh, who’s a part of a authorized dynasty that has amassed highly effective ties within the South Carolina Lowcountry over the previous century. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all served as the highest prosecutor throughout a five-county area for greater than eight many years, till 2006.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Murdaugh had vehemently denied that the capturing on the facet of the street was self-inflicted, saying he had sustained an entry and exit wound and a cranium fracture.

The capturing got here practically three months after Mr. Murdaugh returned to his household’s giant, rural property in Islandton, S.C., and found his spouse, Maggie, and son Paul, a 22-year-old school scholar, shot to demise.

The killings, which stay unsolved, have drawn consideration to the Murdaugh household’s checkered historical past within the area. On the time of his demise, Paul Murdaugh was dealing with costs that he had drunkenly crashed a ship in 2019, killing Mallory Seashore, a passenger, and wounding others.

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