Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer says he could know who killed the South Carolina authorized scion’s wife and son earlier this yr although he does count on his consumer to be arrested for embezzling funds from a legislation agency to gas an habit to painkillers.
Attorney Dick Harpootlian says that Murdaugh, 53, was hooked on opioids and fell into depression after the deaths of his wife and son when he allegedly employed a hitman to kill him in order that his surviving youngster might accumulate a $10million life insurance coverage coverage.
‘He was in a darkish, darkish, darkish place and he needed to assist his remaining son, Buster, in any method he might,’ Harpootlian says.
‘He thought this was the one method he might depart him with something.’
Harpootlian says that his consumer, who suffered a gunshot wound to the top whereas altering a tire on a rural freeway on September 4, hatched the scheme ‘to guard his youngster’ – 25-year-old Buster Murdaugh.
He additionally says that the motive for the June 7 homicide of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, was ‘private’ and that the id of the suspect might be revealed someday this week.
Harpootlian acknowledged that Murdaugh is more likely to be arrested for allegedly misappropriating tens of millions from his personal legislation agency.
Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer, Dick Harpootlian (left), says he is aware of who killed the South Carolina authorized scion’s wife and son earlier this yr although he does count on his consumer to be arrested for embezzling funds from a legislation agency to gas an habit to painkillers. Murdaugh is seen proper with his late wife, Maggie
Paul and Maggie (collectively left) have been shot useless on June 7. Police say Alex Murdaugh (heart) orchestrated a separate capturing to kill himself with the assistance of a hitman, in a scheme to ship a $10 million life insurance coverage payout to his different son Buster (proper) because the elder Murdaugh confronted investigation over misallocated funds
Harpootlian instructed TODAY that he and one other lawyer visited Murdaugh at an out-of-state detox facility on Monday.
He stated it was the primary time he and the opposite lawyer, Jim Griffin, spoke to Murdaugh ‘when he wasn’t on opioids of Oxy (oxycodone).’
‘He clearly knew that what he had carried out was mistaken,’ Harpootlian instructed NBC’s TODAY on Wednesday.
Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested on Tuesday on costs of assisted suicide within the alleged insurance coverage fraud scheme
Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested on Tuesday costs of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance coverage fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud.
Smith, from Walterboro, South Carolina, is a former consumer of Murdaugh, 53, who represented him in minor visitors issues in addition to a 2015 lawsuit that Smith filed in opposition to a forest administration firm.
According to police, Murdaugh paid him to shoot him within the head and kill him, making it seem like a random, drive-by assault.
But the plan failed because the shot solely grazed his head, based on state police.
On June 7, the our bodies of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22, have been discovered by Alex Murdaugh at their South Carolina dwelling.
Alex Murdaugh instantly recognized himself on the 911 name and instructed the operator his ‘wife and youngster have been shot’ close to canine kennels on his property.
‘I’ve been as much as it now. It’s unhealthy,’ Murdaugh stated.
Exclusive DailyMail.com images present Richard Alexander ‘Buster’ Murdaugh Jr. on the household’s Edisto Island property in South Carolina on Monday. Buster is Alex Murdaugh’s sole surviving inheritor after the homicide of his brother Paul in June
Investigators work the scene the place Alex Murdaugh was shot within the head and injured on Sept. 4, 2021 after he had automotive hassle on a rural street in in Hampton County, S.C.
During the 911 name, canines might be heard barking within the background and Murdaugh sounded deeply upset and agitated.
He instructed the operator a number of instances that neither his son or wife was respiratory.
No arrests have been made.
Harpootlian provides ‘The homicide of his wife and son 90 days in the past took an incredible toll on him.’
The lawyer denied that Alex Murdaugh had something to do with the deaths of his wife and son.
‘He didn’t homicide them. He is completely distraught about their deaths,’ Harpootlian tells NBC’s TODAY.
The lawyer says that within the time he has spent with the household, they have been ‘affectionate’ with one another and that there was no indication Alex Murdaugh needed to do them hurt.
Harpootlian additionally claims that he and Griffin are pursuing leads and have gathered info that will implicate a suspect within the June killings of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.
The lawyer says that he and Griffin have zeroed in on ‘a person or people we imagine – could – have some culpability’ or had carried out the homicide.
‘We suppose we’ll know this week whether or not the one suspect we’re bears additional scrutiny and we’ll make that info obtainable to legislation enforcement,’ Harpootlian says.
When requested what motive this particular person could have had in killing Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, Harpootlian says: ‘Well, that might reveal who that individual is, nevertheless it’s private.’
‘The motive can be private.’
Harpootlian says that his consumer used ‘the overwhelming majority’ of the funds that he is alleged to have embezzled from his legislation agency ‘to purchase medicine.’
The lawyer says that he made Alex Murdaugh obtainable for interviews with South Carolina legislation enforcement.
According to Harpootlian, Alex Murdaugh instructed investigators that he wrote private checks to ‘drug sellers’ to acquire the painkillers.
The lawyer says that he left a paper path that legislation enforcement officers are actually .
When requested if he expects Alex Murdaugh to be arrested, Harpootlian replies: ‘Yes, I feel he can be charged.
‘But what he does not need – and we do not need – is an effort to take care of these points [which] distract from legislation enforcement sources that might be used to unravel the murders of Maggie and Paul.’
At the time of his demise, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on a cost of cruising below the affect inflicting demise in a February 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Whether native legislation enforcement companies tried to hinder the investigation into the boating demise can be being reviewed by state officers.