‘Tip of the Iceberg’: Alex Murdaugh Denied Bond as Cops Tease New Dirt

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Alex Murdaugh is ultimately stuck in jail.
South Carolina Judge Clifton Newman on Tuesday denied the disgraced legal scoping bond and ordered him to stay at the Richland County Detention Center on charges of an alleged plot to steal millions from the family of his former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.
The judge's decision went beyond the prosecutor's motion to detain Murdaugh on a $ 200,000 bail and a GPS monitor. And he completely denied the defense’s request for a personal guarantee of recognition for the attorney to return to Florida drug rehab.
Murdaugh, whose family has been law enforcement in the South Carolina Lowcountry for decades and whose wife and son were murdered last spring, must now undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Newman said Tuesday that he would reconsider his stance on bail after the evaluation.
"Murdaugh is a danger ... A man who is a danger to himself is a danger to others," said Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters at the loan hearing in Richland County Court Tuesday. "This is the tip of the iceberg. There is much more that we will reveal soon. "
Prosecutors allege that after Satterfield "fell and hit his head" on Murdaugh property in 2018 - and later died of a stroke and cardiac arrest - the attorney agreed with the housekeeper 's family to "sue themselves for one To apply for an insurance agreement ".
But while Satterfield's two sons were supposed to receive a portion of the $ 4.3 million severance payment, they did not receive a penny after Murdaugh allegedly secretly negotiated and eventually pocketed the money for "his own use."
The indictment came less than a month after Murdaugh was charged with a doomed plot to kill himself so that his surviving son Buster could raise his own insurance payout of $ 10 million.
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That elaborate plan also included the Patriarch's suspected drug dealer and came just three months after Murdaugh's wife Maggie and son Paul were found murdered outside their Hampton County estate. At the time, Paul was charged with a 2019 boat crash that killed a young girl.
Murdaugh has also been embroiled in a number of legal proceedings, ranging from allegations he conspired to sway the 2019 investigation to allegations he defrauded millions of Satterfield's wrongful death lawsuit for their sons.
At the time of his last arrest last Thursday, Murdaugh was in an Orlando, Florida drug establishment for opioid addiction - and already on bail insurance fraud charges.
During the recent bond hearing, Murdaugh's lawyers commented on their client's various legal troubles - and his advances in the fight against addiction. When arguing for Murdaugh's release back to Florida to continue treatment, defense attorney Dick Harpootlian said that his client could not be considered an escape risk because he "really has nowhere to go."
"Alex Murdaugh, a non-drug addict, led a good, fruitful, and rightful life," added defense attorney Jim Griffin. "He really regrets his behavior."
Harpootlian added that Murdaugh had struggled with his opioid addiction for "more than a decade" and wanted to continue the drug detox and treatment he had been doing for the past six weeks. Flanked by his two attorneys at the defense table and wearing navy blue prison overalls and a mask, Murdaugh remained silent throughout the hearing, declining Judge Newman's offer to speak for himself.
However, an attorney representing the Satterfield family slammed Murdaugh's defense team, arguing that the attorney should be held without bail after "tainting our profession and black eyeing this state."
"Today is the day Alex Murdaugh has to feel good, to feel uncomfortable," said Eric Bland in court. “Our position is, he doesn't deserve a bond. He stole. He's a liar and a cheat. "
While Murdaugh's arrest warrant contains few details about his alleged plan to steal millions from the Satterfield settlement, a lawsuit previously filed by Bland on behalf of Tony Satterfield and Brian Harris made some scathing allegations. Among them: that after Satterfield's death, Murdaugh encouraged her sons to hire attorney Cory Fleming to take legal action against him - without revealing that the attorney was his college roommate and best friend.
"At Ms. Satterfield's funeral, Mr. Murdaugh tells the family, 'Hey, she fell in the house, it was because of the dogs, it was my fault and I'm going to take you to a lawyer so you' can all file a claim and receive compensation for your mother's death, '”said Assistant AG Waters.
In reality, Waters added, Murdaugh had created a fake bank account that was "nothing more than an illusion, an invention" to create the appearance that these checks were being sent to a clearing company - rather than his own pocket.
Fleming has since been suspended from practicing law until an investigation into his involvement in the Satterfield settlement was conducted and has admitted that he made "material mistakes" in representing the housekeeper 's sons. He has not been charged with any crime.
After the settlement was finalized, the lawsuit alleges Murdaugh diverted millions from his insurance company into a fake bank account. The warrants also allege that Murdaugh "instructed Fleming to write the check on the secret account called" Forge "in order to" facilitate and conceal his misappropriation of the funds. "
The name seemed to refer to Forge Consulting LLN, a finance firm that had previously done business with Murdaugh's old law firm. Last month, Forge denied involvement in Murdaugh, saying when it heard of the alleged account with his name it reported the details to law enforcement.
Prosecutors announced Tuesday that Murdaugh set up the fake bank account in 2015. The account is also said to have been used to transfer millions from his former law firm and clients, according to a lawsuit by Murdaugh's old employer.
In addition to the financial consequences of her death, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced last month that it was investigating Satterfield's death, originally described as a "trip and fall" in an unlawful fatality.
The investigation came at the request of Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper, who said there was "inconsistency" regarding Satterfield's death - including the fact that an autopsy was never performed.
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