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Alex Murdaugh

  • A judge in South Carolina has denied bond for a prominent South Carolina attorney who has become embroiled in two multimillion-dollar insurance fraud cases months after he found his wife and son dead in their home. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman issued the decision Tuesday after hearing attorneys describe how Alex Murdaugh used portions of a $3.4 million insurance payment to pay his father, personal credit card bills and himself. T
  • A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper. State police say Alex Murdaugh was arrested Thursday at a drug rehab facility in Orlando, Florida, where his attorneys say he has spent the past six weeks since claiming he was shot in the head. Warrants detailing the arrest on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses were not immediately released. But state police say they involve Murdaugh's housekeeper for decades, Gloria Satterfield. A lawsuit filed by the housekeeper's sons says Murdaugh arranged for more than $4 million in insurance payments over Satterfield's death but never turned the money over to her family.
  • Two lawsuits filed against Alex Murdaugh this week say the South Carolina attorney created a fraudulent bank account to steal money. The lawsuits say Murdaugh took money from both a $5 million life insurance settlement for his dead housekeeper and the law firm founded a century ago by Murdaugh's great-grandfather.
  • The influential Murdaugh family is at the center of an unfolding drama in the tiny South Carolina town of Hampton. For a century, the Murdaughs have quietly steered much of the legal world in this corner of the state, by running the prosecutor’s office and a large civil law firm. Then, in June, Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were killed at home. Alex Murdaugh found his wife and son's bodies. State police have since opened six investigations into Murdaugh. Police say he tried to arrange his death to get a life-insurance payout for his surviving son. Most of Hampton's 2,600 residents know Alex Murdaugh, but won't speak publicly about him now. Quietly, many wonder whether the family is wielding power as investigations play out.
  • Two lawsuits say a South Carolina lawyer charged with trying to arrange his own death steered people who needed legal help to an attorney who was a family friend who didn't have their best interests in mind. In one lawsuit, the sons of Alex Murdaugh's housekeeper who was killed in a fall says Murdaugh told him his attorney friend could handle a settlement. The new lawyer for the sons says more than $4 million might have been kept from them. In the second lawsuit, a teen involved in a boat crash with Murdaugh's son says Murdaugh told him to hire the same lawyer who then told the teen to not tell investigators Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat.
  • A prominent South Carolina lawyer has surrendered to face insurance fraud and other charges in what's described as a failed plot to arrange his own death. Alex Murdaugh was issued a $20,000 bond and released Thursday on his own recognizance to return to drug rehab after the court hearing. State police say Murdaugh tried to arrange his death Sept. 4 so his surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy. The State Law Enforcement Division has now been asked to open six investigations involving the Murdaugh family, including the unsolved killings of Murdaugh's wife and son — and the previous death of their housekeeper.