Alex Murdaugh pleads the fifth in theft lawsuit filed by his old law firm: Legal scion refuses to respond to claims he took millions to feed drug addiction – as he sits in jail for stealing $3.4million from his late housekeeper’s sons
- Murdaugh is being sued by his former law firm for an undisclosed amount
- He has also been criminally charged for stealing $4million from the sons of his late housekeeper
- He has also admitted to trying to stage his own murder for a life insurance scam to benefit his only surviving son
- Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and youngest son Paul, 22, were killed in June this year
- He insists he had nothing to do with their deaths and is only guilty of financial crimes
- He says he committed them to help him fund a decades-long opioid addiction
Disgraced legal heir Alex Murdaugh pleaded the fifth in court papers last week, refusing to admit whether or not he’d stolen millions from his old law firm.
Murdaugh filed the response in civil court in Colleton County, South Carolina, where he is being sued by Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, and Detrick (PMPED), his old law firm.
He has already admitted to theft but hasn’t admitted how much he stole from the law firm.
Separately, Murdaugh is also a person of interest in the June murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul, 22, who were found dead at the family home next to a dog kennel.
Alex Murdaugh is shown in court on October 19. He has been charged with theft for taking money from the sons of his late housekeeper, but he is also being sued for stealing from his former law firm
In a motion filed on Friday, Murdaugh’s attorneys said he would plead the fifth to allegations he stole from his old law firm, PMPED
He has been criminally charged with a different theft – the theft of nearly $4million from the sons of his late housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.
Murdaugh is currently in jail for stealing $3.4million from the family of Gloria Satterfield, his late housekeeper who died after falling in his home in 2018
Murdaugh, through statements made by his attorney, has admitted stealing from the firm and from the housekeeper’s sons to fund his opioid addiction.
He has also admitted trying to stage his own murder so that his surviving son Buster would win a life insurance payout, but he denies having any role in his wife and son’s murder.
Murdaugh remains in custody awaiting his next court date on theft charges for stealing from the housekeeper’s sons.
Before being arrested, he sought treatment for opioid addiction in a state rehab center.
He has only been criminally charged so far for stealing $4million from the sons of his late housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, who died in 2018 after a fall at his home.
Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and youngest son Paul (far left) were murdered in the family’s home in June. That crime remains unsolved. He later tried to stage his own murder in a life insurance scam to benefit his surviving son Buster (right) but it fell through
Murdaugh in his mug shot after being arrested for theft earlier this year
The adult sons say Murdaugh offered to help them file a claim against him, that his insurance company would pay out, to look after them.
Instead, they say he kept all of the money that was paid out.
Last week, Murdaugh was denied bond in the case of the theft against the housekeeper’s sons.
Judge Clifton Newman said he was too much of a flight risk to be granted bond.
‘After considering the arguments of counsel, the evaluation submitted, pending charges and other investigations, and the apparent character and mental condition of the defendant, the Court finds that the Defendant is a danger both to himself and the community.’