A protection legal professional for Alex Murdaugh, scion of a South Carolina regulation dynasty now the middle of a number of state regulation enforcement investigations following the nonetheless unsolved June murders of his spouse and son, detailed his shopper’s body of thoughts hours earlier than an alleged botched shooting Labor Day weekend.  

Murdaugh allegedly admitted to South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) that he employed a success man to shoot him alongside a rural Hampton County street on Sept. 4, in order that his surviving son, 26-year-old Buster Murdaugh, might gather a $10 million life insurance coverage coverage. But legal professional Jim Griffin defined he didn’t have to, for the reason that suicide exemption was now not efficient.

“I don’t think it was an elaborate money scheme. It was a guy who had lost his will to live. And if he was going to kill himself, he wanted his son to be taken care of,” Griffin, who’s representing Murdaugh alongside fellow South Carolina Democratic heavyweight legal professional Dick Harpootlian, mentioned in his first on-camera interview that aired on FOX Carolina Tuesday.


“The irony of ironies in this, he had a significant life insurance policy,” Griffin added. “He had a suicide exclusion, but that suicide exclusion was no longer valid because under South Carolina law, they’re only effective for two years. That policy was taken out more than two years ago. Alex was unaware of that. Had he known that, he did not need to involve anyone else.”  

“He could have just killed himself without involving another person. He wasn’t meant to die that day,” the legal professional mentioned. 

Murdaugh was airlifted to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, his attorneys say, however there’s been widespread hypothesis concerning the extent of his wounds after Murdaugh appeared in a Hampton County courtroom simply 12 days later with no bandages or seen accidents to his head. During Sept. 16 courtroom hearings, Hampton County Magistrate Judge Tonja Alexander set bond for the alleged hitman, Curtis “Fast Eddie” Smith, at $55,000. Murdaugh’s 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. 

“I was in court with Alex. I didn’t see a bullet wound,” Griffin mentioned. 

Alex Murdaugh sits throughout his bond listening to Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C. Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to face insurance coverage fraud and different costs after state police mentioned he organized to have himself shot in the pinnacle in order that his son would get a $10 million life insurance coverage payout. 
(AP Photo/Mic Smith)

The protection lawyer says he obtained data from the medical evacuation to the hospital, which word that Murdaugh was bleeding closely from his head, however extra data from the hospital itself haven’t but been launched to his agency. 

“We have requested all of the medical records. We have not received them yet. The records that I do have are from the air ambulance, transport,” Griffin mentioned. “They clearly document ‘massive head bleed.’ There’s blood through the bandage. There’s blood around the neck brace. There’s blood on the stomach. They open up the head wrap to try to evaluate the extent of the trauma and they can’t see it because there’s so much blood matted in his hair.”

Those transport data are protected by HIPA, Griffin mentioned, however as soon as he speaks with Alex and receives permission, his regulation agency plans on releasing them to the media. There are not any footage in the data he presently has, Griffin added, however he hasn’t obtained all of the data but. 

“We’re frustrated that we haven’t got those records,” Griffin mentioned. “We had a HIPA request signed by Alex when he was in Atlanta going through detox authorizing the hospital to give those records to my firm. We had sent that in. It was rejected because the signature didn’t match. We then sent affidavits in saying it’s his signature. We will hopefully get those records any day now, but we will need to get Alex’s permission before we can release those because they are protected under law.”

Griffin mentioned he was vacationing together with his household on the shore not removed from the place the Murdaughs personal their very own seaside home – when he obtained a request to fulfill with Alex the morning of Saturday, Sept. 4 – hours earlier than the alleged shooting occurred in Hampton County. 


The day earlier than, Murdaugh was confronted for allegedly misappropriating funds from PMPED, a regulation agency in Hampton, South Carolina, and resigned from the follow based by his great-grandfather. His older brother, Randolph Murdaugh IV, stays a associate on the agency recognized for dealing with private damage and wrongful dying lawsuits, significantly these involving railroads and tire producers, since its institution in 1910. Until lately, Alex Murdaugh additionally served as a volunteer prosecutor for the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, which his household had maintained chief management of from 1920 to 2006. 

“I met with him probably at 9 o’clock in the morning, and during this meeting he explained to me what had happened,” Griffin mentioned. “He explained to me that he had an addiction. He explained to me how serious his addiction was. He explained to me that he had already made arrangements to go to rehab. He then explained to me what he planned to do that day – he was going to tell other people who he was real close with what had happened and what he was going to do.” 

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. The State Law Enforcement Division says it charged the shooter, Smith, with assisted suicide, insurance fraud and several other counts. 

This photograph supplied by the Colleton County sheriff’s workplace exhibits Curtis Edward Smith. State police say a distinguished South Carolina lawyer tried to rearrange his personal dying this month so his son would get $10 million in life insurance coverage. But authorities say the deliberate deadly shot solely grazed Alex Murdaugh’s head on Sept. 4. The State Law Enforcement Division says it charged the shooter, Smith, with assisted suicide, insurance coverage fraud and several other different counts. 
(Colleton County Sheriffs Office through AP)

At least that morning, Alex Murdaugh didn’t seem suicidal, in keeping with his protection legal professional, however the disgraced lawyer’s body of thoughts modified in the course of the course of occasions later that day. 

“In that conversation with him – and I have had clients at the end of their rope before, I’ve been doing this over 30 years – I talked with him, and I was concerned, ‘was this something that would cause him to try to kill himself?’ And I had that conversation with him, and I felt reasonably confident after I left him that he was not in that frame of mind,” Griffin mentioned. “And I don’t think he was in that frame of mind at that point in time. But then he went and he met with a close friend. And then he had another friend that he was going to meet with who refused to meet with him. And I’m not going to name, names. After that, he did not feel like he could go forward and continue down that path. And he felt like ending his life.” 

Murdaugh initially mentioned he had gotten a flat tire and somebody fired at him from a shifting truck. But he later recounted that story, telling police he paid his former authorized shopper and alleged drug seller, Curtis Smith, to shoot him. But Smith supposedly missed, solely grazing him in the pinnacle. 

Smith, a handyman, former logger and in addition Murdaugh’s distant cousin, has maintained he had no prior data of the insurance coverage scheme earlier than assembly with Murdaugh on Sept. 4. He claims Murdaugh had known as to ask him to convey over his truck with out discussing the rationale why. 

Once on the roadside, Smith claims he refused Alex’s request to shoot him, and when Alex as an alternative motioned to shoot himself, Smith wrestled for the gun, which went off by mistake. Alex dropped to the bottom and Smith fled in a rush. 

Griffin barely deviated from Smith’s account. Murdaugh’s protection lawyer mentioned Smith may not have recognized concerning the insurance coverage scheme beforehand – however did oblige when Alex requested him to shoot him. 

“My understanding is this guy was unaware of why Alex had called him out there. And then Alex made the request, and then he obliged,” Griffin mentioned.