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Alex Murdaugh’s alleged hitman claims he shot HIMSELF

A South Carolina man who was accused of shooting prominent lawyer Alex Murdaugh, 53, in a staged suicide attempt claims he was set up and that the lawyer shot himself after his gun accidentally went off while he was waving it in the air. 

Curtis Smith, 61, of Walterboro, South Carolina, who has been charged in the September 4 botched suicide plot, allegedly use to sell drugs to Murdaugh.

‘It was the craziest situation I ever been involved with. I was set up to be the fall guy,’ he told the New York Post. ‘I know what they’re trying to say about me and it ain’t true.’ 

Since the shooting, Murdaugh has admitted a 20-year opioid addiction, and has been checked into an out-of-state rehabilitation facility – without GPS monitoring – after being released on $20,000 bond while he faces charges for misappropriating millions from his legal firm. 

The shooting came only months after Murdaugh’s son Paul and wife Maggie were gunned down and murdered in their hunting lodge in Islandton on June 7. No arrests have been made in that case.

Murdaugh admitted to his lawyers around September 13 that he hired Smith to kill him so his surviving son Buster could collect the $10million insurance policy. 

But, Smith claimed the twisted story is completely false and claims that the Labor Day weekend shooting was accidental.   

Alex Murdaugh is pictured in his mugshot after being charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report. His gunshot wound to the head is not visible in the photo

A South Carolina man who was accused of shooting prominent lawyer Alex Murdaugh, 53, in a staged suicide attempt claims he was set up. Curtis Smith, 61, of Walterboro, South Carolina, who has been charged in the September 4 botched suicide plot, allegedly use to sell drugs to Murdaugh 

He told the New York Post that he didn’t conspire with Murdaugh about the assisted suicide attempt, but that he got a call from Murdaugh that Saturday afternoon. 

‘I get a call from Alex that Saturday afternoon to come to where he was and I thought it was maybe to fix something,’ Smith told the New York Post. 

Smith didn’t question it and got into his silver Chevy pickup and ‘went over there.’ 

He said when he got to the rural stretch of Old Salkehatchie Road, he found Murdaugh in his car. When the lawyer got out, he was waving around a gun. 

Smith said he wrestled with him to get the gun before it went off and he ran. 

‘The gun kind of went off above his head and I got scared to death and I ran to my truck and took off,’ he told the Post. 

Smith, who was still in possession of Murdaugh’s gun, said he didn’t look back and didn’t know how badly the other man was injured. Murdaugh had no visible injury when he arrived at his bonding hearing on Wednesday. 

Smith, who doesn’t have any legal representation yet, but hopes to find one ‘with a bone to pick’ toward the family, said: ‘I never did nothing. I’ve never heard anyone. It’s that simple.’ 

He also claimed he was ‘naïve’ to be caught up in the family’s drama. 

Murdaugh’s lawyer also claimed Smith was Alex’s longtime drug dealer, which he denies. 

Murdaugh's other son Paul (second to right) and his wife Maggie (middle) were gunned down and murdered in their hunting lodge in Islandton on June 7. He has one remaining son, Buster (left)

Murdaugh’s other son Paul (second to right) and his wife Maggie (middle) were gunned down and murdered in their hunting lodge in Islandton on June 7. He has one remaining son, Buster (left) 

Controversy is not far from the family: Paul (pictured) was accused of driving a boat recklessly while drunk in 2019 and killing Mallory Beach, 19, (pictured)

Beach was ejected from the boat and killed

Controversy is not far from the family: Paul (pictured) was accused of driving a boat recklessly while drunk in 2019 and killing Mallory Beach, 19, (pictured). An investigation has also been launched into the family’s longtime housekeeper Gloria Satterfield’s accidental death after she apparently had a ‘trip and fall’ accident inside the family’s home 

Despite being ‘set up,’ Smith admitted to the New York Post that he didn’t hold a grudge against Murdaugh, but advised him not to mess with him. 

‘I wouldn’t advise him to try to set me up. I’d strongly advise against that,’ he told the Post. 

Curtis has been charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud 

The Murdaugh family has been wrapped up in controversy lately after their belated son Paul crashed a boat in 2019, killing a girl and the mysterious death of the family’s longtime housekeeper. 

Paul Murdaugh, 22, was accused of driving a boat recklessly while drunk when it smashed into Archer’s Creek Bridge in Beaufort County in February 2019.

There were six friends on board, including Mallory Beach, 19, who died when she was thrown from the vessel. Her body was found on in the water by a fisherman a week later.

Murdaugh was later charged with three felony counts, including causing Beach’s death. He was awaiting trial when he and his mother, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, were found gunned down on their hunting estate in Islandton in June. Their murders remain a mystery.

The longtime housekeeper Gloria Satterfield’s children recently filed a lawsuit involving a huge insurance payout that was tied to the woman’s death. 

Satterfield, 57, apparently had a ‘trip and fall accident’ inside the Murdaugh’s home, which killed her. The exact details of the fall remain unclear to this day.  

Family murders, deaths, drug addictions, thefts and arrests: The riddles facing investigators who’ve now charged Alex Murdaugh 

2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith (above)

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith 

Smith was found on the side of the road. 

Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force trauma to the head 

His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime because he was gay 

Case notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named multiple times in the investigation. 

Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen 

Stephen’s mother said he had been having a ‘fling’. 

In a deposition years later, one of Paul’s friends said the family had ‘covered’ other killings up. 

He mentioned Smith’s death.  

2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Gloria died after ‘falling’ down the stairs in the family house

The family gave her family $500.000 in a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be their fault. 

Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant in the lawsuit. 

Satterfield was only 57 when she died. 

She left behind a husband and children. 

Her death was also mentioned in the deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s friend.  

2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019 

Paul was charged afterwards because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night. 

He had been released on bond.  

Other kids were on the boat but were unharmed.

One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’. 

That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her 

June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered 

The mom and son were found shot dead at the family home in Hampton, South Carolina. 

Alex Murdaugh says he found them  at the home. 

The medical examiner said the pair had been dead for an hour at most when he discovered them.  

Paul, 22

Margaret, 52

Alex’s son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on June 7 at the family hunting lodge 

Alex's father Randolph Murdaugh III died 'peacefully' at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead

Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead 

June 10 2021:  Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home

September 3: Alex resigns from his law firm amid claims he misused funds

The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts 

September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he’s been shot in the head in a drive-by. 

He only had ‘surface’ wounds and was also able to call his brother

September 6: Alex resigns from his law firm

The South Carolina legal scion releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab 

He said: ‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’ 

September 16: Alex turns himself into police over insurance fraud scheme

Murdaugh handed himself over to cops in connection to insurance fraud scheme where he arranged his own killing so that his surviving son could collect $10 million payout.

He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.   

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