The South Carolina lawyer representing Alex Murdaugh’s alleged hit man mentioned Thursday that his consumer is being “set up” by the drug addicted, disgraced lawyer, insisting Murdaugh “didn’t get shot” throughout an alleged botched suicide plot Labor Day weekend. 

Curtis “Fast Eddie” Smith “is being set up by a drug addict going through horrific withdrawals,” Smith’s lawyer, Jonny McCoy, instructed NBC’s “TODAY,” referring 53-year-old Alex Murdaugh, whose personal protection lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, instructed a decide had struggled with 20 years of opioid habit. 

“I think that he [Murdaugh] is doing exactly what people with addict behavior do, and that is he tried to turn himself into a victim and he tried to turn himself into a hero because the attention was on the car on the side of the road,” McCoy mentioned. “All the people there were figuring it out. These are run flat tires. This isn’t what it looks like. Nine days into his detox – from his detox bed – he’s the first person I’ve ever met who calls someone from a detox bed and gets somebody arrested like that.” 

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Murdaugh, 53, initially claimed he had gotten a flat tire on rural Hampton County highway on Sept. 4 whereas on the way in which to the seashore for Labor Day weekend and somebody shot at him from a shifting automobile. His attorneys declare he was airlifted to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia. The incident occurred a day after the regulation agency PMPED had requested for Murdaugh’s resignation, alleging he misappropriated consumer funds. 

It wasn’t till 10 days later that Smith, 61, was arrested and charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a excessive aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance coverage fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud in connection to the alleged capturing. 

Murdaugh allegedly instructed South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) he offered Smith with a gun and employed him to kill him so his surviving son, 26-year-old Buster Murdaugh, might gather a $10 million life insurance coverage coverage. But Smith allegedly missed, solely grazing him in the pinnacle. 

“His attorney at the bond hearing said ‘my client is looking forward to cooperating in the murder investigation of his wife and child when his mental and physical stability is returned,’” McCoy mentioned. “Yet a week earlier, he was mentally stable enough to lock my client up based on his words and that’s it.” 

Smith, a handyman and former logger, has insisted that he had no prior data of any insurance coverage scheme when Murdaugh known as him on Sept. 4 and requested him to carry over his work truck. Smith mentioned he met a distressed Murdaugh on the aspect of the highway, who requested Smith to shoot him. 

“An exchange took place where Alex Murdaugh is withdrawing, he’s going through it, as you can imagine for someone who was just cut off from their money supply that they were using for 20 years to buy opioids,” McCoy mentioned. 

Smith declined, and when Murduagh motioned to shoot himself, Smith tried to seize the firearm from him. The gun went off, and the bullet appeared to have bounce off the aspect of the truck, Smith instructed NBC News. Murdaugh fell to the bottom, and Smith requested if Murduagh was OK and fled the scene.

Curtis Eddie Smith (left) is accused of capturing Alex Murdaugh (proper) in an alleged botched suicide plot. 
(Colleton County Sheriffs Office / Hampton County Detention Center)

“What percent are you sure he didn’t get shot?” McCoy requested Smith in the on-camera interview.   

Smith responds, “a thousand.” 

“He didn’t get shot,” McCoy affirms. 

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Jim Griffin, one other lawyer representing Alex Murdaugh, instructed FOX Carolina in an interview aired Wednesday that medical data from the air evacuation present Murdaugh had a “heavy head bleed” however his agency nonetheless hadn’t obtained the hospital data. Griffin additionally mentioned that Smith “was unaware of why Alex had called him out there, and then Alex made the request, and then he obliged.” 

“Mr. Murdaugh’s attorney yesterday came out and said ‘Mr. Smith did not know about the insurance scheme beforehand. He just showed up and obliged to shoot him,’” McCoy instructed TODAY. “So apparently the conspiracy to commit insurance fraud should be dismissed today I’m assuming.”

Murdaugh appeared in a Hampton County courtroom with no bandages or seen accidents to his head. On Sept. 16, Hampton County Magistrate Judge Tonja Alexander set bond for the alleged hitman, Smith, at $55,000. Murdaugh’s bond was set at $20,000, and he was launched on his personal recognizance, allowed to return to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility with out GPS monitoring.

His spouse, Maggie Murdaugh, and 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh, have been shot useless outdoors canine kennels at Moselle, the household’s searching property in Colleton County, on June 7. Alex Murdaugh dialed 911 to report discovering their our bodies and nonetheless no arrests have been made in the unsolved murders. 

Since their deaths, SLED has opened investigations into the 2018 journey and fall dying of the household’s housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, in addition to the mysterious 2015 roadside dying of Buster Murdaugh’s former classmate, Stephen Smith. At the time of his killing, Paul Murdaugh was dealing with boating underneath the affect prices in connection to the 2019 Beaufort County crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach and injured a number of different passengers, together with Connor Cook, who’s alleging the Murdaughs tried to silence him. 

McCoy insisted that Smith, additionally Alex Murdaugh’s former authorized consumer and distant cousin, had never offered him medication and had solely been in contact with him frequently for the previous six years.  

“You’re perpetuating the lie that Alex Murdaugh put out. And that’s exactly what he’s used to. He’s used to people listening to his word, and he’s used to people taking that and running with it. And that’s exactly what happened in this case,” McCoy instructed TODAY. “Bring in the addiction experts and ask how far can an opioid addiction go if somebody doesn’t have any consequences and they have unlimited money. How much would it cost them per day? Then you’ll find out where the money went.”