Don’t title him a hillbilly hitman.

Just 24 hours after Curtis “Fast Eddie” Smith, 61, shuffled correct proper right into a Hampton County courtroom, wild-eyed with matted hair — for a listening to on costs he was Alex Murdaugh’s longtime drug vendor and tried to shoot him in a weird assisted-suicide scheme — he was as soon as extra at dwelling alongside alongside together with his rescue canines, trying like a selected specific particular person and insisting he was harmless.

“I know what they’re trying to say about me and it ain’t true,” Curtis instructed The Post all by means of a porch-side interview Friday.

This photo provided by the Colleton County sheriff's office shows Curtis Edward Smith. State police say a prominent South Carolina lawyer tried to arrange his own death this month so his son would get $10 million in life insurance. But authorities say the planned fatal shot only grazed Alex Murdaugh's head on Sept. 4.

This picture offered by the Colleton County sheriff’s workplace reveals Curtis Edward Smith. State police say a wonderful South Carolina lawyer tried to rearrange his non-public lack of life this month so his son would get $10 million in life insurance coverage protection safety. But authorities say the deliberate deadly shot solely grazed Alex Murdaugh’s head on Sept. 4.
(Colleton County Sheriffs Office by method of AP)

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“It was the craziest situation I ever been involved with. I was set up to be the fall guy. And those damn pictures of me in the newspaper! I was looking at them this morning. They didn’t let me take a damn shower!”

Smith, who’s each a distant cousin of Alex Murdaugh and a former shopper, is the newest specific particular person to be implicated in a twisted Southern Gothic homicide thriller that has captivated the world. It started June 7, when the attractive, college-sweetheart associate and son of Alex Murdaugh, a wonderful and very environment friendly lawyer who’s acutely aware of all folks on the town, had been brutally gunned down at their searching lodge in Islandton.

The murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh haven’t been solved. Alex Murdaugh, who was for a time named as a “person of interest” contained in the murders, made headlines as quickly as additional Sept. 4 when he instructed police he’d been shot inside the pinnacle by any particular person he didn’t know on a rural freeway open air Hampton and suffered a head wound.

Two days later he resigned from his legal guidelines firm, a company his household has run since 1910, amid evaluations that he allegedly embezzled tens of tens of thousands and thousands. Murdaugh acknowledged he had an opioid dependancy and was coming into rehab.

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According to his attorneys, Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, Murdaugh admitted to them someday spherical Sept. 13 that he employed Smith to kill him — nonetheless the deliberate deadly shot solely ended up grazing his head. He allegedly hatched the plan to have himself killed so his surviving son, Buster, might gather on a $10 million insurance coverage protection safety safety. His attorneys notified the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is dealing with the case.

Murdaugh surrendered Thursday on costs of insurance coverage protection safety fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance coverage protection safety fraud and submitting a false police report contained in the case. He was launched on a private recognizance bond of $20,000 and his lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, acknowledged he was going to an out-of-state rehab.

Smith, who used to work in logging, was furthermore arrested and charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a excessive aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance coverage protection safety fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance coverage protection safety fraud. He was launched on $20,000 bail.

But Smith instructed The Post he didn’t collude with Murdaugh in an assisted-suicide try.

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Smith acknowledged he was set up by Alex to make it look as if he shot him.

“I get a call from Alex that Saturday afternoon to come to where he was and I thought it was maybe to fix something,” Smith acknowledged, gesturing to a silver Chevy pickup he acknowledged was his work truck. “I had no idea what he wanted, I just went over there.”

Smith acknowledged he then drove over to the stretch of rural Old Salkehatchie Road and positioned Murdaugh in his automotive. He acknowledged Murdaugh then obtained out of his automotive brandishing a gun, and waving it spherical as if he is also about to shoot himself.

“I run over and we wrestled a minute together, me trying to get the gun away from him,” Smith acknowledged. “Then the gun kind of went off above his head and I got scared to death and I ran to my truck and took off.”

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Smith acknowledged he took Murdaugh’s gun and threw it away. He didn’t say the place.

“I wound up with the gun,” Smith acknowledged. “It was plain stupid, just plain stupid.”