Alex Murdaugh entering his bond hearing in Varnvile, S.C. on Thursday.Credit...Mic Smith/Associated Press

A once-prominent South Carolina attorney, Alex Murdaugh, 53, surrendered to authorities last week after allegedly hiring a shooter, Curtis Edward Smith, 61, to kill him. Murdaugh concocted the plan so that his son Buster would receive $10 million life insurance. 

Murdaugh was charged with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, and filing a false police report.  Smith has been charged with conspiracy, pointing and presenting a firearm, assisting a person in suicide, assault, and battery of high aggravated nature.

Sources say Murdaugh became depressed in the past few months after his wife Margaret Murdaugh, 52, and younger son Paul Murdaugh, 22, were fatally shot dead in a case that remains unsolved. Although Murdaugh was suspected in the killing, the former lawyer denied any involvement. Murdaugh’s lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, a South Carolina Democrat, said his client struggled with opioid addiction for over 20 years.

Murdaugh called 911 on September 4th and said someone shot him in the head on the road near his home, but he survived because the gun wound was minor.  However, Murdaugh recanted his story, saying he paid his former client (Smith) to shoot him in the head but Smith failed to follow through. 

According to sources, Murdaugh wanted to be murdered because he felt his life insurance plan would not cover his death if it was ruled suicide.

A day before the shooting, Murdaugh’s law firm announced his resignation due to the misappropriation of funds from the office. Murdaugh steadfastly denied such a claim.  His lawyer said Murdaugh was freed from jail on bound and is now in a rehabilitation center in a different state.

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