The sons of a 57-year-old housekeeper who died after a mysterious fall on the house of distinguished South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh 4 years up to now are “shell-shocked,” their lawyer tells Fox News, after Murdaugh was set free of jail on a $20,000 private recognizance bond and allowed to journey to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility with out GPS monitoring.  

The Murdaugh household’s prosecutorial affect in South Carolina’s Low Country stretches as soon as extra three generations and by no means decrease than 111 years. Because of that, it’s taken braveness for the sons of Gloria Satterfield to come ahead and file a lawsuit within the route of Alex Murdaugh and others for allegedly conspiring to preserve a $505,000 insurance coverage protection safety payout associated to the housekeeper’s loss of life a secret from them, Ronnie Richter, an lawyer representing Michael “Tony” Satterfield and Brian Harriott, instructed Fox News. 

“They’re shell-shocked. They’re glad that an investigation is finally going to take place, but they learned of the investigation the same time that you did,” Richter acknowledged Friday. 

On Wednesday, the equal day the sons’ civil lawsuit was filed in Hampton County, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) opened a jail investigation into the February 2018 loss of life of Gloria Satterfield and the dealing with of her property on the request of the Hampton County coroner.

By Thursday, Murdaugh, 53, turned himself in on costs relating to an alleged plot to have himself killed in order that his surviving son, 26-year-old Buster, might money out on a $10 million life insurance coverage protection safety safety. 

Murdaugh had been fired from the non-public hurt regulation firm his good grandfather based in Hampton, South Carolina, for allegedly embezzling cash from the corporate. His associate Maggie and their 22-year-old son Paul have been furthermore murdered in June, and no individual has been arrested contained in the case. 


“Their mom died in 2018, and they were assured by Alex, by Corey, that they were being taken care of. They didn’t even learn of the $500,000 settlement until it was reported in the press earlier this year,” Richter instructed Fox News of Satterfield’s sons. “So since that time, it’s been a whirlwind for them. They’re not the kind of folks who are going to make waves, and the Murdaugh family are not the types of folks you make waves against in Hampton County. They’ve been scared, betrayed. I think finally enough daylight has hit this that they’re finding their resolve to fight for the answers.”

Gloria Satterfield fell inside the house of Alex Murdaugh and died at a hospital weeks shortly Feb. 26, 2018 with out ever regaining consciousness. After her funeral, Murdaugh launched Satterfield’s grieving sons to his good buddy Corey Fleming, in order that Fleming might help the sons in submitting permitted claims within the route of Murdaugh for the wrongful loss of life of their mom, in accordance to their lawsuit filed in Hampton County’s Common Pleas Court. The sons didn’t know on the time that Fleming was Murdaugh’s faculty roommate and the godfather of his youthful son Paul. 

Alex Murdaugh walks into his bond hearing Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C. Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to face insurance fraud and other charges after state police said he arranged to have himself shot in the head so that his son would get a $10 million life insurance payout. 

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

With the help of a banker buddy, Chad Westendorf, claims have been purportedly launched within the route of Murdaugh, who “stipulated that he was at fault for the death of Gloria Satterfield,” and his insurance coverage protection safety company paid $505,000 to settle the claims, the lawsuit says. 

But to date, Satterfield’s sons “have not received the first dollar,” in accordance to the swimsuit.

Richter instructed Fox News that Murdaugh, Fleming and Westendorf, who’s vice chairman of Palmetto State Bank, might need cashed out far more than the preliminary $505,000 over Satterfield’s loss of life. A reproduction of the lawsuit obtained by Fox News says Murdaugh’s residence “was insured by one or more
carriers, including Lloyds of London.” 

“That settlement carved out the right to pursue other settlements from other insurance policies,” Richter acknowledged. “And we have it on good information that other recoveries were made for which they also received no money. So we think that $500,000 is the tip of the iceberg.” 

Fleming’s firm, Moss, Kuhn & Fleming, which depends in Beaufort, didn’t instantly reply to a request in search of remark. 

Hampton County Coroner Angie Topper has requested SLED Chief Mark Keel to open an investigation in consequence of Satterfield’s loss of life certificates dominated the style of loss of life as “natural,” which is inconsistent with accidents sustained in a trip-and-fall accident. The loss of life was furthermore not reported to the coroner at the moment and an post-mortem was in no way carried out. 

Gloria Satterfield was a housekeeper and nanny for the Murdaugh family for decades.

Gloria Satterfield was a housekeeper and nanny for the Murdaugh household for just a few years.
(Brice Herndon Funeral Home )

“What is part of our case is the not-knowing part. That the only person that reported what happened is Alex Murdaugh, and obviously he’s proven himself to be less than a reliable source of information,” Richter acknowledged. “Then subsequently, there was no investigation – her death was described as of natural causes, and falling to your death at somebody’s house is not exactly what I would call a natural cause. 

“I don’t understand how or why a loss of life ensuing from a fall in a house was thought of pure causes and certainly not investigated in the slightest degree.” 

Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to fraud and completely totally different costs associated to his alleged botched suicide plot. Hampton County Magistrate Judge Tonja Alexander set his bond at $20,000, and he was launched on his non-public recognizance. 

During the listening to, security lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, argued that Murdaugh’s longstanding opioid dependancy had worsened following the murders of his associate and son. Both have been discovered shot a amount of instances on the household’s land in Colleton County shut to Islandton, and Alex Murdaugh was the one to uncover the our our our bodies and establish 911. 

Murdaugh was fired from the regulation firm, PMPED, the place he was a companion. State investigators say Murdaugh gave 61-year-old Curtis Edward Smith, his former permitted consumer and longtime drug supplier, a gun and so they additionally headed to Old Salkehatchie Road. Smith fired as shortly as, solely grazing Murdaugh’s head. 

Smith’s bond was set greater Thursday at $55,000, and he was later launched. 

Harpootlian denied that Alex Murdaugh was liable for the murders of his associate and son, and instructed reporters exterior the Hampton County Detention Center on Thursday that Murdaugh has acquired no insurance coverage protection safety payouts associated to Maggie and Paul. 

At the time of his homicide, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial after being indicted for boating beneath the affect, inflicting the loss of life of 19-year-old Mallory Beach in February 2019. Based upon data gathered by the course of the double homicide investigation of Paul and Maggie, SLED in opened an investigation into the loss of life of 19-year-old Stephen King, whose physique was discovered inside the center of a rural freeway in Hampton County in 2015.