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South Carolina lawyer who plotted own shooting will turn himself in for arrest


(Reuters) – A prominent South Carolina attorney whose wife and son were murdered in June and who conspired with a man to have himself shot dead so a surviving son could collect a $10 million insurance payout will surrender to authorities on Thursday, an ABC affiliate reported.

WCIV received confirmation from Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer that Murdaugh was being held by South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division on Wednesday night.

According to media reports, Murdaugh’s lawyer said that his client will surrender on Thursday. He will then appear before a magistrate to face charges of conspiring to commit insurance fraud in Hampton County.

Murdaugh is a 53 year-old lawyer who was able to survive the September 4 shooting. According to an South Carolina Law Enforcement Division document, Murdaugh has admitted that he plotted with Curtis Edward Smith (61), to kill himself.

According to NBC, Murdaugh was addicted to opioids, and he began to feel “massive depressed” after the deaths of his son and wife.

Murdaugh was named as co-defendant of Smith’s case, which includes charges such as assisted suicide and assault and battery with a high aggrerated nature, and conspiracy for insurance fraud.

This is the latest chapter in the story of a prominent Hampton lawyer who has been a Hampton prosecutors for years.

Murdaugh’s 52-year-old wife Margaret and her 22 year old son Paul were killed in a shooting incident on the estate’s hunting property. Murdaugh reported the deaths to 911. The investigation is ongoing.

Buster Murdaugh was his only son.

Earlier this week, the police announced that they were investigating Murdaugh after his former employer, local law firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, & Detrick, alleged that he had misappropriated funds.

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