California Lawyer Hired Hitman To Kill Him In “Assisted Suicide”

( )- Three months after his son and wife were found dead, Alex Murdaugh is now facing charges that he hired a former client of his to shoot him in the head.

Murdaugh, a lawyer from South Carolina, was already facing charges of trying to set up his shooting death so that his other son could collect a roughly $10 million insurance policy.

Now, the lawyer’s former client, Curtis Edward Smith, is facing charges that include assisted suicide.

Last Friday, Murdaugh resigned from his law firm after allegations arose that he misused various funds. Then, on Saturday, he was shot in the head — but he survived and was taken for treatment to a local hospital.

Authorities said Murdaugh called 911 after he was shot in the head while he said he was changing a tire while on the side of the road in South Carolina’s Hampton County.

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division released an affidavit, which said that Murdaugh on Monday admitted to having Smith shoot him in the head so his son could collect that insurance policy.

On Tuesday, Smith then admitted to being there while Murdaugh was shot and disposed of the firearm after the incident. Smith will be facing multiple charges as a result of the incident.

The affidavit says Murdaugh gave Smith a firearm, and then directed him to shoot him in the head. While Murdaugh was standing in the road, Smith said he shot him, and then disposed of the gun in a location that is unknown.

Dick Harpootlian, the attorney who is representing Murdaugh, had an interview with NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday. He said Murdaugh fell into deep depression after both his son and wife were found on their family’s hunting property back in June. Both were shot.

The lawyer said Murdaugh believed the insurance policy he had also had an exclusion for suicide. What his client didn’t know, though, was that the suicide exclusion was only good for the first two years of the policy.

As Harpootlian said in the interview:

“It was an attempt on his part to do something to protect his child. He didn’t want law enforcement spending more time on this fake crime instead of solving the murders of Maggie and Paul.”

Smith, who is 61 years old, is being charged with pointing and presenting a firearm, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, assisted suicide, insurance fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

As of Tuesday, Murdaugh hasn’t been charged in the case. The affidavit did say, though, that he is a co-defendant. More charges should be coming forth in this case.

What those charges will be and who will face them is unknown at this point.

In 2015, Murdaugh represented Smith in a lawsuit that was against a forest management company. He also represented Smith as his lawyer for a speeding ticket he received back in 2013.