In the center of a drawer case United States Suffocating, 53-year-old Alex Murdoch surrendered to South Carolina police Thursday morning. A few hours later, a judge released him on parole against paying $ 20,000. Prosecutors deny any responsibility for the deaths of his wife Maggie, 52, and his son Paul, a 22-year-old student who was found trapped by bullets in front of the family hunting lodge on June 7.
But he admitted to asking an ex-client to shoot him to get $ 10 million in life insurance for his last living son. The shooter sustained a head injury on Sept. 4, but Alex Murdoch survived. During Thursday’s hearing, his lawyer, Dick Harputlian, vowed to suffer for twenty years from being a severe addict to Abids. “The death of his wife and son broke him,” he pleaded.
While waiting to try this failed scam, Alex Murdoch is going to rehab. His legal issues are probably not over. South Carolina police are also investigating allegations of fraud at his law firm, and have begun an investigation into his maid’s death in 2018.
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At the time, Alex Murdoch explained that Gloria Chatterfield, who had worked for the family for more than 20 years, fell down the stairs after stepping on a dog and classified the death as ‘natural’. “Based on the request of the Hampton County Medical Examiner and the information obtained regarding other investigations involving Alex Murdoch,” police announced that criminal investigations would begin.
In addition, he already reopened the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith in June 2015, when Murdoch died in 2015 on the road near the house. Police explained that the decision was made after receiving information as part of an investigation into the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdoch, without disclosing further details.
Part of this double murder is not clear. The family heritage of Alex Murdoch, whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather worked as lawyers for 87 years, raised suspicions of law enforcement complacency in the folder.