The South Carolina law firm where Alex Murdaugh was recently a partner is once again seeking to distance itself from the disgraced lawyer sitting in an undisclosed drug rehab facility, issuing a new statement assuring clients they won’t lose money because of his alleged misconduct.
The website for Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED), a personal injury law firm based in Hampton, South Carolina, now opens with a “Message to our community,” highlighting how its lawyers and employees live and work in Hampton. , counties of Jasper, Colleton and Beaufort.
“Most of us grew up in the area, attended local schools, worship in churches in the area and continue to be involved in local civic and charitable organizations,” the statement began. “We are proud of our communities and are shocked by the tragic situation involving our former partner, Alex Murdaugh. The negative attention this has paid to the community and to our firm is unfortunate.. “
PMPED called for Alex Murdaugh’s resignation earlier this month, alleging he had embezzled at least $ 1 million in funds. Since then, he has reportedly plotted his own death, supplying a gun to his former legal client and suspected drug dealer, Curtis “Eddie” Smith, to shoot him in the head so that his surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, 26 years, can purchase a life insurance policy for $ 10 million. But Smith would have only scratched the surface.
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Murdaugh has since been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, as well as filing a false police report in connection with the September 4 shooting. Hampton County investigating judge Tonja Alexander set his bail at $ 20,000 and he was released on bail. He was allowed to return to an out-of-state rehabilitation center without GPS monitoring.
In its statement, PMPED further claims to be “a strong firm with qualified and experienced lawyers who represent our clients with a staunch commitment to justice.” The statement also stressed that no client will suffer financial loss as a result of Alex Murdaugh’s alleged misconduct.
“We were shocked and dismayed to learn that Alex violated our principles and our code of ethics. He lied and stole from us. No member of the PMPED knew about Alex’s ploy,” he continued. communicated. “When we learned that he had betrayed our trust, we immediately called for his resignation. We have yet to speak to anyone who was aware of his opioid addiction.”
During his bail hearing, Murdaugh’s attorney, Dick Harpootlian, told the judge his client had struggled with an opioid addiction for the past two decades and the addiction had only worsened since the last two decades. murders of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and their 22 years old. -older son, Paul Murdaugh, in June. Alex Murdaugh dialed 911 to report his return home and find the two shot dead in the family’s hunting estate in Colleton County.
No one was named as a suspect or arrested in the double homicide.
The company was founded by Alex Murdaugh’s great-grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh Sr., in 1910. His website still lists his brother, Randolph Murdaugh IV, as a partner. Their father, Randolph Murdaugh III, who also worked at the firm, died in June, supposedly of a long illness.
“While Alex’s situation is tragic, rest assured that the firm is strong and focused on representing its many clients. We provide legal services locally and statewide. We adhere to the highest ethical standards. in dealing with our clients’ cases, “wrote the law firm. “Despite the recent and widespread publicity, we continue to work to represent our clients with the same diligence and professionalism as before the discovery of Alex’s wrongdoing. The funds taken by Alex will not affect the current or future operations of PMPED. No PMPED client will suffer any financial loss as a result of Alex’s misconduct. “
The law firm also addressed media reports on the lawsuit and settlement resulting in the death of the Murdaugh family’s longtime nanny and housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield. The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) recently opened an investigation into the death of 57-year-old Satterfied in 2018 and the handling of his estate. Lawyers representing his sons say Murdaugh and others arranged a $ 505,000 settlement, as well as a second $ 4.3 million settlement with another insurer after Satterfield’s death – but his sons and his only heirs never saw the money.
“If these reports are correct, we are stunned by what happened. It is important for everyone to know that PMPED did not represent Alex in this matter. His insurance company has hired a lawyer to represent him. “the law firm wrote. “Like many of you, we have a lot of questions about Alex and what has recently come to light. We don’t know the answers, but we will continue to assist law enforcement and other authorities in the process. their efforts to find the truth PMPED is committed to our clients and our community You can count on us to run our practice in an honorable and transparent manner.
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SLED chief Mark Keel on Thursday called on federal partners in the FBI and the South Carolina District Attorney’s Office to continue to assist him in his investigation of Alex Murdaugh and his family. At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was facing charges of boating under the influence in a fatal 2019 crash in Beaufort County that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach and injured several other passengers. One of the passengers, Connor Cook, alleges that Alex Murdaugh tried to prevent him from speaking to police.
SLED has also since reopened an investigation into the death of Stephen Smith in 2015 “based on information gathered during the investigation into the double murder of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh,” but the agency did not disclose how they are connected.