The property of Gloria Satterfield, the late housekeeper for the embattled Murdaugh legal dynasty in South Carolina, is now formally going after patriarch Alex Murdaugh’s alleged co-conspirator within the jaw-dropping assisted-suicide plot that punctuated his fall from grace.
Curtis Edward Smith, a 61-year-old who has beforehand recognized himself as a distant cousin of Murdaugh, was named in an amended lawsuit Eric Bland shared with the Each day Beast and stated he filed Thursday in Hampton County. The go well with alleges he was a co-conspirator in an alleged scheme to steal tens of millions from Satterfield’s wrongful dying settlement. The go well with additional alleges that, in whole, Smith obtained round $2 million in stolen funds from two faux Financial institution of America accounts allegedly arrange by Murdaugh to divert cash that might in any other case have gone to Satterfield’s sons after her dying.
Prosecutors have beforehand alleged that, after Satterfield died in an incident at a Murdaugh property in 2018, disgraced legal professional Alex Murdaugh coordinated with the housekeeper’s household “to sue himself so as to search an insurance coverage settlement.” Satterfield’s two sons, nonetheless, insist they didn’t obtain a dime of the $4.3 million settlement, which prosecutors allege Murdaugh negotiated in secret, in the end diverting the money right into a secret checking account for his “personal use.”
Murdaugh, 53, is already going through a number of expenses in reference to the Satterfield settlement along with the costs he faces after allegedly conspiring with Smith to stage his personal homicide so as to acquire a $10 million insurance coverage payout for his personal surviving son, Buster.
Now, the Satterfield lawsuit is pointing the finger at Smith, alleging he knowingly obtained cash from Murdaugh’s secret account that was meant for the wrongful dying settlement. In whole, Murdaugh is accused of writing 254 private checks totaling $1,825,560 along with 17 cashier checks that totaled $164,748.76 to Smith.
Attorneys for Smith and Murdaugh didn’t instantly reply to The Each day Beast’s request for remark. Whereas Smith has not been charged in reference to the Satterfield settlement nor any alleged stolen funds, prosecutors have charged him in reference to the assisted-suicide scheme, in addition to the distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana in one other, unrelated case.
The 17 cashier checks, which had been included within the amended grievance, had been issued between Oct. 8, 2019 and Could 28, 2018. The checks seem to point out that Murdaugh paid Smith each few days, with most quantities over $9,000. The smallest quantity Murdaugh allegedly paid Smith, in accordance with the checks within the lawsuit, was $4,150 on Dec. 11, 2020.
The final test, which totaled $22,109, was dated simply 10 days earlier than Murdaugh discovered his spouse and son, Paul, murdered outdoors their Hampton County dwelling, the surprising episode that positioned the household firmly on the nationwide radar.
The lawsuit doesn’t clarify why Smith was alleged to be receiving the funds—and Smith has beforehand denied Murdaugh attorneys’ assertion that he was, a minimum of at one time, the scion’s drug dealer. Murdaugh’s attorneys have gone to nice lengths to argue he’s dealing with a drug habit, whilst he faces a sprawling array of legal and civil circumstances.