The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced Wednesday that the agency has opened an investigation into the 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield, a former Murdaugh family housekeeper.
This is just the latest criminal investigation associated with the troubled legal dynasty, whose patriarch Alex Murdaugh plotted with a former drug trafficker in a failed attempted suicide last week, according to police and officials. own lawyers.
Murdaugh, a once very powerful lawyer who, along with his relatives, also worked as a prosecutor in the South Carolina Lowcountry for decades, has not been charged with any felony.
Satterfield, the longtime Murdaughs housekeeper, 57, died on February 26, 2018, “as a result of injuries sustained in a travel and fall accident” at a Hampton County home owned by family, according to a settlement Alex Murdaugh reached with his estate.
“She had been a cleaning lady for the Murdaughs for 25 years. She had been a part of the family, ”attorney Eric Bland, who represents Satterfield’s two sons, told The Daily Beast. “The Murdaughs certainly considered Gloria to be part of the family.”
In a letter to SLED, obtained by The Daily Beast, Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper called on state authorities to open an inquest into Satterfield’s death due to “inconsistencies” surrounding him. .
Topper added that not only was Satterfield’s death not reported to the coroner at the time of his death, but an autopsy was never performed.
Alex Murdaugh’s shooting was a twisted suicide insurance scheme
“On the death certificate, the mode of death was rated ‘natural’, which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip-and-fall accident,” Topper said. “In light of these inconsistencies noted above, I think it is prudent to continue an investigation into the death of Gloria Satterfield.”
The investigation comes just hours after Satterfied’s sons Brian Harriott and Tony Satterfield filed a lawsuit against several people, including Murdaugh, over a $ 500,000 settlement for the death of their mother they say they don’t. never have received.
Representatives for Murdaugh did not immediately respond to the comments.
Murdaugh, 53, has been mired in a national review in recent weeks, most recently after his former suspected drug dealer was arrested for savage assisted suicide and an insurance plan put in place.
On Tuesday, SLED said Murdaugh admitted to orchestrating the September 4 attack, in which the lawyer provided Curt Edward Smith, 61, with a gun to shoot him in the head. According to an arrest affidavit for Smith, Murdaugh had hoped his death would result in an insurance payment of $ 10 million that would go to his only surviving son, Buster.
Smith, who was arrested, also admitted his role in the scheme, police said.
Since the allegedly staged shooting, Murdaugh has been deported and charged with embezzling funds by his former law firm, an allegation that the state’s main law enforcement agency has said ‘she was also investigating Monday.
The denouement comes just months after Alex Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and other son Paul, who was facing charges over a fatal boating accident, were shot and killed at the family estate. No one has been charged for their deaths.
If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by calling TALK on 741741.
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