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Conspirator in Alex Murdaugh suicide-for-hire plot could be key to financial crimes trial

Conspirator in Alex Murdaugh suicide-for-hire plot could be key to financial crimes trial

A man who has been charged in connection with a suicide-for-hire plot involving prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh could play a key role in a separate case involving financial crimes.

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested in September 2021 and charged with assisted suicide, among other offenses, after Murdaugh allegedly hired him to shoot him in the head so that his son could collect a life insurance payout. Murdaugh survived the shooting and was later arrested on charges related to the scheme.

But Smith's cooperation with authorities in the case could have implications for a separate investigation into Murdaugh's alleged misuse of funds from a family law firm. Murdaugh was suspended from practicing law after he was accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the firm, which he ran with his father.

According to court documents, Smith told investigators that he had helped Murdaugh with various illegal activities in the past, including the alleged misappropriation of funds from the law firm. Smith also claimed that Murdaugh had once asked him to help stage a fake hit-and-run accident to collect insurance money.

Smith's attorney, Johnny Gasser, declined to comment on the ongoing investigations but said his client was cooperating with authorities and was "in a position to help in any way he can."

Meanwhile, Murdaugh is facing multiple charges related to the alleged theft of funds from the law firm. He has also been accused of orchestrating a scheme to file false insurance claims for his own injuries and for those of his family members.

Murdaugh has denied the allegations against him and has said that he is cooperating with authorities in the investigations.

The case has generated widespread attention in South Carolina, where the Murdaugh family has long been a prominent legal and political dynasty. Murdaugh's father and grandfather were both influential attorneys in the state, and the family has deep ties to local law enforcement and the judiciary.

The case has also raised questions about the culture of privilege and entitlement in the state's legal and political circles. Some have accused Murdaugh of receiving preferential treatment from law enforcement and prosecutors due to his family's status and connections.

The investigations into the Murdaugh family's alleged criminal activity are ongoing, and it is unclear what additional charges or developments may arise in the coming months. However, the case has already had a significant impact on the state's legal and political landscape, and it is likely to continue to be a major story in the region for some time to come.

 

A man who has been charged in connection with a suicide-for-hire plot involving prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh could play a key role in a separate case involving financial crimes.

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