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Friday, December 3, 2021

New charges against South Carolina lawyer accused of firing squad

Suspended South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdo has been charged with 27 charges of embezzlement and other crimes, the attorney said Friday, in addition to previous charges of insurance fraud and conspiracy to arrange his own death.

Murdo was indicted by a state grand jury on charges of fraud with customers and partners and laundering more than $ 4.8 million, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement.

Murdo, 53, a descendant of the South Carolina legal dynasty, whose wife and son were murdered in June, remains in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, South Carolina. In September, he was removed from legal practice.

In the new indictments, he is charged with crimes including breach of confidence, fraud, money laundering, computer crimes and forgery, Wilson said. Murdo’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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According to court records, Murdo was charged with embezzling money related to his housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, who died in 2018 in a fall accident at Murdo’s home.

According to local reports, Satterfield’s heirs said in South Carolina Heir Court that Murdo had diverted more than $ 3.5 million in death compensation to a fraudulent account.

Murdo was also accused of orchestrating the September 4 shooting so that his son, Buster Murdo, could receive insurance payments.

Murdo’s lawyer previously said the elder Murdo, who was injured and survived, staged a shootout due to depression after the shooting killed his wife and another son, Paul.

Lawyers for the Satterfield family hailed the new indictments as a step towards justice.

Barbara Goldberg

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