A lawyer for Alex Murdaugh appeared on “Good Morning America” Friday to insist that his client had nothing to do with the murder of his wife and son, while criticizing what he said were false rumors about the dramatic, complicated criminal web surrounding the prominent South Carolina legal family.
Murdaugh’s attorney Dick Harpootlian was on the morning show Friday, when he said he wanted to “set the record straight” about the double murder investigation and the shooting of Alex Murdaugh, which investigators reportedly believed was a botched ‘murder-for-hire’ attempt Murdaugh arranged himself, in an effort to leave his surviving son a $10 million life insurance policy.
“The reason I’m on this show this morning is that the thirst for knowledge about this case has driven a number of outlets to say things that are false,” Harpootlian said on the show, according to WCIV.
The attorney addressed speculation that Murdaugh was not actually shot in the head during the attempted hit on himself.
“We furnished to you medical [records] which indicate he had two bullet wounds in the head, his skull was fractured,” Harpootlian said. “He had a brain bleed and he was put in ICU because his life was in danger as a result of being shot in the head.”
CrimeOnline previously obtained records showing that Murdaugh had two bullet wounds in his head, though the bullets do not appear to have done serious damage, as Murdaigh maintained consciousness during his initial treatment and appears to have recovered from the injuries.
As previously reported, Alex Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and young adult son Paul Murdaugh were fatally shot at the family’s hunting property in June. At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on DUI charges stemming from a fatal boat accident that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach in February 2019.
“I spent months, almost a year and a half with Alex, Paul and Maggie. All I saw was domestic tranquility, love and affection… It’s not Alex” who killed his family, Harpootlian said.
Murdaugh, who sought treatment for an opioid addiction after he was released from the possible following treatment for the gunshots, is accused of embezzling money from his law firm and misappropriating funds intended for a settlement connected to the death of the Murdaugh family’s former housekeeper, who died in an accident at the home. Murdaugh’s lawyer appeared to admit that his client did commit financial crimes.
Murdaugh plans “to right every wrong, financial wrong and others that he may have committed,” Harpootlian reportedly said.
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