The South Carolina attorney whose wife and son were murdered this summer has been arrested on charges related to the death of the family’s housekeeper.
As the New York Post reports, Alex Murdaugh was arrested on Friday on suspicion of misappropriating settlement funds connected to the 2018 death of the Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield,
Satterfield died in a “trip and fall” incident at the Murdaugh home in February 2018. Alex Murdaugh reportedly agreed to a settlement awarding Satterfield’s sons over $4 million dollars, but those men say that Murdaugh funneled the money into a “fake” business.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced in a statement obtained by NBC News that Murdaugh had been taken into custody, and is facing two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.
“Today is merely one more step in a long process for justice for the many victims in these investigations,” the statement read, suggesting that Murdaugh may face other charges.
“As I have said previously, we are committed to following the facts wherever they may lead us and we will not stop until justice is served.”
Murdaugh remains a person of interest in the fatal shooting of his wife Maggie Murdaugh and his son Paul Murdaugh. At the time of his murder, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on DUI charges connected to the boating death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
In September, Alex Murdaugh called 911 to say he had been shot in the head. He recovered quickly from his injury — reportedly a bullet graze — and a subsequent investigation found that he had hired the shooter himself, in an effort to provide his surviving son with a $10 million life insurance settlement. Once released from the hospital, Murdaugh entered a treatment center for a reported opioid addiction.
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