Alex Mordo: Man charged with shooting prominent lawyer in what officials claim is a conspiracy to commit insurance fraud
Curtis Edward Smith, 61, of Coleton County, is charged with assisted suicide. conspiracy to commit insurance fraud; aim and present a firearm; The assault and battery are of a high and aggravating nature, according to the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement.
According to the affidavit provided to support the charges, Murdo allegedly conspired with Smith in the September 4 shooting, provided him with a firearm and ordered Smith to be shot in the head.
The purpose, according to the affidavit, was for Smith to kill Mordo so that his son could receive life insurance payouts of approximately $10 million.
The affidavit said Murdo, who survived the shooting, admitted the plot on Monday. The affidavit said Smith confessed on Tuesday to attending the Murdo shooting and disposing of the firearm.
Murdo was described as a co-defendant in the affidavit, although no charges have been announced against the 53-year-old lawyer.
SLED said an additional fee is expected in the case. Smith was also charged with distributing methamphetamine and possessing marijuana, according to SLED.
It is not clear whether Smith retained legal counsel at this time. CNN has reached out to a Mordo family spokesperson for comment.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Murdo called 911 to report being shot on a Hampton County road, according to a statement from SLED spokesperson Tommy Crosby. The statement said he was taken to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, where he was treated for “a bullet wound to the head.”
The following week, a family spokesperson released a statement noting that the injury was more serious, and giving more details about the accident.
“Alex stopped his car after seeing the low tire indicator light. A driver in a blue pickup truck asked him if he had problems with the car, and as soon as Alex responded, he was shot,” the statement said.
Notable family in South Carolina
Murdo is a member of a very famous family in South Carolina legal circles. The Mordo family had three generations working as a 14th Circuit attorney, who leads prosecutions for Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties in the southern part of South Carolina.
Most recently, they have been embroiled in a series of bloody tragedies – including the shootings of Murdo’s wife and sons Margaret and Paul in June.
The day before the shooting, Murdo resigned from the law firm of Peters, Mordo, Parker, Ellsworth & Detrick (PMPED), according to the firm.
Days later, the company said Suppliers’ resignation came “after PMPED discovered that Alex embezzled funds in violation of PMPED standards and policies.”
His license was subsequently suspended, according to the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Randy Mordo IV, Alex Mordo’s brother and also an attorney at the law firm PMPED, issued a statement about resignation in which attorney Jim Griffin later admits to Alex Mordo’s opioid addiction.
“I was shocked, just like the rest of my family, when I found out about my brother, Alex, drug addiction and money theft,” Randy Mordo wrote in the statement.
SLED announced Monday that it has opened an investigation into suppliers based on the embezzlement fund allegations.
Two days after the shooting, Murdo released a statement saying he was on his way to rehab.
“The murder of my wife and son has caused a very difficult time in my life,” he said in the statement. “I have made many decisions that I truly regret.” “I am resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle exacerbated by these murders. I am so sorry to everyone I have hurt including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”
On June 7, Alex Mordo called 911 and reported that he had found his wife Margaret, 52, and son Paul, 22, shot dead outside their home in Islandton, a small community about an hour north of Hilton Head Island, according to SLED.
Colleton County Sheriff’s Deputies determined that both victims had multiple gunshot wounds.
His two brothers, John Marvin Mordo and Randolph “Randy” Mordo IV, soon after spoke to Good Morning America about the killings and said they did not believe Alex was involved.
“I love my brother Maggie and I love Paul more than anything else on this earth, just as he loves (his other son) Buster,” Randy told GMA. “So, there is no possible way it could have anything to do with this, I can assure you.”
SLED has asked the public to refrain from sentencing until the investigation is completed.
The agency said that while investigating the deaths of the mother and son, SLED gathered information that prompted them to reopen an investigation into the death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, whose body was found on the road in 2015 in Hampton County.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Eric Levinson, Martin Savage and Angela Barajas contributed to this report.