- South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said this week that Alex Murdo hired a man to shoot him in the head earlier this month.
- SLED said Murdo, who survived the unsuccessful shooting, hired the man so that his living son could receive a $ 10 million life insurance payout.
- Murdo’s wife and other son were shot and killed earlier this year, and their murders are still unsolved.
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Alex Murdo, a prominent South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were shot dead in June, tried to orchestrate his own murder so that his living son could receive a $ 10 million life insurance payout, state police said in a report released Tuesday.
South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is currently investigating Alex Murdo and has assisted Curtis Edward Smith, accused of murdering Alex Murdo, with suicide, insurance fraud and other counts.
Alex Murdo, who quit his law firm and said he was going to rehab earlier this month, has not faced any charges.
Police say he was shot and killed on September 4 in Hampton County, South Carolina and taken to a nearby hospital with a minor gunshot wound.
In a sworn statement seen by Insider, a SLED agent said Murdo gave Smith a gun to kill him, but the bullet only grazed his head.
Government agents said Murdo confessed to police that he was trying to fake his own death and that he hired Smith to kill him so that his surviving son could get $ 10 million in life insurance.
The deaths of Murdo’s wife and son, 52-year-old Maggie Murdo and 22-year-old Paul Murdo, have not yet been revealed.
Alex Murdo found their bodies on a family hunt in June.
Their deaths were reported days before Paul Murdo was brought to trial for the death of a 19-year-old woman who died in 2019 in a boat crash during which Paul Murdo was driving and they were both in intoxicated, police said.