Man charged in the shooting of South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh
September 15, 2021 at 05:14
(CNN) Authorities have charged a man in the shooting of a prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh in what they allege was a conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
Curtis Edward Smith, 61, of Colleton County has been charged with assisted suicide; conspiracy to commit insurance fraud; pointing and presenting a firearm; and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
According to the affidavit filed to support the charges, Murdaugh allegedly conspired with Smith in the shooting on September 4, providing him with the firearm and instructing Smith to shoot him in the head.
The purpose, according to the affidavit, was for Smith to kill Murdaugh so that his son could collect a life insurance payout of approximately $10 million.
Murdaugh, who survived the shooting, admitted to the scheme on Monday, the affidavit said.
On Tuesday, Smith admitted to being present at the shooting of Murdaugh and to disposing of the firearm, the affidavit said.