Disgraced legal scion Alex Murdaugh wrote more than $155,000 in checks to the man who helped him with a botched suicide attempt for an insurance payout scam, The State reported.
Murdaugh, 63, who faces scrutiny for alleged financial crimes and thefts in the months after his wife and son were murdered, reportedly paid Curtis Smith, 61, $155,970 through 17 cashier’s checks that Smith cashed in across South Carolina.
The checks were dated between October 2020 and May 2021, suggesting that Murdaugh and Smith had engaged in a financial relationship months before the suicide attempt in September 2021.
Jonny McCoy, Smith’s attorney, previously denied that the two men were in a financial relationship.
‘Nobody has questioned us or asked us about any checks from Mr. Murdaugh,’ Jarret Bouchette, another of Smith’s lawyers, told The State. ‘This is the first we’re hearing about it.’
Alex Murdaugh (left) reportedly wrote 17 cashier’s checks totaling $155,970 to Curtis Smith, the man who helped him in a botched suicide attempt as part of a life insurance scam
Murdaugh claimed the suicide attempt was staged to look like a murder to give his son Buster, far right, his insurance payout. Murdaugh claims his alleged criminal actions are not linked to the fatal shooting of his son Paul and wife Maggie in June 2021
Curtis, pictued in court, allegedly cashed the checks in throughout South Carolina. His lawyers had claimed he did not have an existing financial relationship with Murdaugh
Murdaugh attended a bond hearing in October in relations to his slew of alleged financial crimes and thefts before the botched suicide attempt
The last of the cashier’s check Smith cashed in was dated May 28, just 10 days before Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were found fatally shot in their South Carolina home.
The checks were reportedly bought through the account Murdaugh used to allegedly stored millions of embezzled dollars.
Smith has claimed he knew nothing about the plot to kill Murdaugh for a multi-million-dollar insurance windfall until he met him by the side of a road and was told ‘I want you to shoot me in the head’.
Smith told the The New York Times that Murdaugh – who is one of his distant cousins – was accidentally shot when he tried to wrestle the gun from him to stop the scandal-hit lawyer from killing himself.
Smith denied conspiring with Murdaugh and has shared how bitter he feels after was slapped with charges for allegedly trying to save the man he ‘loved like a brother.’
‘I don’t know if betrayed is even the word for it,’ he said.
‘I thought of him as a brother, you know, and loved him like a brother. And I would’ve done almost anything for him. Almost.’
Smith, who has also been accused of being Murdaugh’s opioid dealer, said he got a phone call from Murdaugh on the morning of September 4 asking him to drive in his work truck to meet him in Hampton.
Murdaugh didn’t tell Smith the reason for the meeting, Smith said, but he went anyway.
Crime scene tape is visible on the stretch of Old Salkehatchie Road where Alex Murdaugh reported having been the victim of a drive by shooting
Murdaugh, pictured with wife Maggie, allegedly paid Smith to kill him
Smith said he arrived at the location and Murdaugh drove past, honking his horn for him to follow in his vehicle.
When they arrived along a rural road, Murdaugh pulled over at the side of the road so Smith did the same, he said.
Smith claimed that it was only then that he learned about Murdaugh’s reason for their meeting.
Murdaugh allegedly got out a loaded gun and asked Smith to shoot him in the head with it, killing him.
‘I want you to shoot me in the back of the head,’ Murdaugh allegedly told him.
Smith insisted he refused to do Murdaugh’s bidding, allegedly telling him: ‘It ain’t going to happen.’
When he refused, Smith said Murdaugh moved as though to shoot himself in the head.
At this point, the alleged hitman said he grabbed Murdaugh’s arm, twisting it behind his back to stop him shooting himself.
The gun accidentally discharged, shooting Murdaugh in the head, he said.
Smith said he saw Murdaugh sink to the ground holding his head and asked if he was okay.
He said Murdaugh – who only suffered superficial injuries – confirmed he was fine so he swore at the legal scion and drove off in his truck with the gun, leaving Murdaugh by the side of the road. Murdaugh called 911 and was airlifted to hospital.
Murdaugh admitted to trying to stage his own murder so that his surviving son Buster would win a life insurance payout, but has denied having any role in his wife and son’s murder.
The State’s report comes as Murdaugh’s lawyers have filed to dismiss a $4 million lawsuit filed against him for allegedly stealing an insurance settlement from his late housekeeper’s two sons.
Murdaugh remains in custody awaiting his next court date on the charges related to stealing an insurance payout for the son’s of his late housekeeper
Murdaugh is currently in jail for stealing about $4million from the family of Gloria Satterfield, his late housekeeper who died after falling in his home in 2018
Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriot sued Murdaugh allegedly cashing in on the insurance payment for their late mother, Gloria Satterfield, 57, who reportedly died tripping over the Murdaugh’s dogs in 2018.
Murdaugh’s lawyers argued the son’s have already been ‘fully compensated for their alleged losses’ after they won $6 million through settlements from Murdaugh’s associates, Cory Fleming and Chad Westendorf, the Greenville News reported.
Fleming had helped the son’s secure more than $4 million in their mother’s insurance payout, which Westendorf helped arranged.
But the sons did not receive their money, instead, Murdaugh allegedly redirected the checks to his own personal account.
Murdaugh was arrested in October and charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses related to the missing payout for Satterfield’s sons.
Murdaugh remains in custody awaiting his next court date on the charges.
Before being arrested, he sought treatment for opioid addiction in a state rehab center.
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2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies
Smith was found on the side of the road.
Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith
Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force trauma to the head
His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime because he was gay
Case notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named multiple times in the investigation.
Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen
Stephen’s mother said he had been having a ‘fling’.
In a deposition years later, one of Paul’s friends said the family had ‘covered’ other killings up.
He mentioned Smith’s death.
2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies
Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies
Gloria died after ‘falling’ down the stairs in the family house
The family gave her family $500.000 in a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be their fault.
Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant in the lawsuit.
Satterfield was only 57 when she died.
She left behind a husband and children.
Her death was also mentioned in the deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s friend.
2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh
Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019
Paul was charged afterwards because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night.
He had been released on bond.
Other kids were on the boat but were unharmed.
One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’.
That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her
June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered
The mom and son were found shot dead at the family home in Hampton, South Carolina.
Alex Murdaugh says he found them at the home.
The medical examiner said the pair had been dead for an hour at most when he discovered them.
Alex’s son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on June 7 at the family hunting lodge
Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead
June 10 2021: Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home
September 3: Alex resigns from his law firm amid claims he misused funds
The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts
September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he’s been shot in the head in a drive-by.
He only had ‘surface’ wounds and was also able to call his brother
September 6: Alex resigns from his law firm
The South Carolina legal scion releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab
He said: ‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’
September 16: Alex turns himself into police over insurance fraud scheme
Murdaugh handed himself over to cops in connection to insurance fraud scheme where he arranged his own killing so that his surviving son could collect $10 million payout.
He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.