Alex Mordo was shot by Curtis Smith for insurance fraud: Police
Hampton, South Carolina – IN Prominent attorney in South Carolina State police, who was murdered months after his wife and son were killed on their family’s fishing farm, said he plotted to kill another man in order for his other son to take out a $10 million life insurance policy.
The announcement of the charges against another man in South Carolina on Monday is the latest development in the saga of Alex Murdo, a Hampton attorney linked to several government investigations and whose family members have worked for generations in the local attorney general’s office.
Murdo is listed as a defendant in the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement The charges announced against Curtis Edward Smith, 61, who faces charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery of a very aggravated nature, pointing and giving a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
Murdow “arranged to shoot this man” in an effort to get insurance damages for his son, Dick Harbotlian, Murdow’s attorney, He told “Today” Wednesday. He said he expects charges to be brought against Murdo in the coming days.
Tommy Crosby, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement, told USA TODAY that he had no additional information about any potential charges in the case. “Additional charges in the case are expected and will be announced in due course,” a press release announcing the charges against Smith said.
Murdo was shot in the head on 4 September on the side of a country road and was taken to hospital with superficial injuries. The news came days before he entered rehab and his law firm Peters, Mordue, Parker, Ellsworth & Dietrich (PMPED) accused him of embezzlement. The state police said Monday She was investigating the missing money.
Harbotlian told “Today” that Murdo used opioids and was trying to get rid of drugs the day he arranged the shooting. Depressed, Harbotlian said, Murdo “realised things were going to get really, really bad” after taking money from his law firm, but thought that if he died by suicide, his life insurance payments wouldn’t go to his son.
His lawyer said Murdo used the majority of the company’s money to pay for the opioids.
In an affidavit issued Monday, South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement said Murdo had since admitted giving Smith a firearm and had asked him to kill Murdow in order to pay for his life insurance policy.
Police said in an affidavit that Smith followed Mordo to a country country road where he shot Mordo. Smith went away and disposed of the gun, while Murdo survived the shooting, the affidavit stated.
State and local police said earlier that Mordo called 911 after being shot in the head and taken to an area hospital. Harbotlian said Murdo was temporarily blinded during the shooting.
State police said in an affidavit that Murdo admitted to the scheme on Monday and that his life insurance policy, valued at about $10 million, was going to his surviving son. On Tuesday, Smith also admitted to being present and disposing of the firearm, according to the affidavit.
Smith was also accused of distributing and possessing methamphetamine
Marijuana. It was not immediately clear if the Walterboro man had a lawyer.
A Mordo spokesman said earlier that Murdo stopped his car after his tire light turned on and a man called him to ask if he had problems with the car. Harbotlian described the accident on Wednesday as a “fake car malfunction”.
Harbotlian said Murdo and his legal team approached state police with his confession. “Law enforcement didn’t want to spend more time on this phony crime than focus on solving the murders of Maggie and Paul (Murdo),” Harbotlian told TODAY.
Alex Mordeau’s wife, Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, were shot multiple times and found dead on June 7 at the family’s fishing farm in Coleton County. Alex Mordo called 911 to report their deaths, which are still under investigation by the state police.
Harbotlian told TODAY that Murdo did not kill his wife and son, and that Harbotlian and another attorney representing Murdo are investigating “an individual or individuals that we believe may or may have had some blame.”
Harbotlian did not give further details about the person he and his partner are investigating, saying only the motive would be “personal”. Crosby, of state law enforcement, declined to comment on any information Murdo’s lawyers may have provided in the ongoing investigation and said the department has been in contact with his legal representatives.
Alex Mordo and his son Buster, Buster, offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or arrest and conviction.
At the time, Paul Mordo was facing charges linked to the fatal 2019 boat crash. Mallory Beach, 19, of Hampton County, was killed, and several others were injured in a crash near Barrys Island. Paul Mordo faced three counts of boating under the influence.
The case is still open, and the Beach family has also filed a civil suit and other legal actions against the Mordo family. Harbotlian said he represented Paul Mordo in the case.
The deaths of Paul and Maggie Mordo also prompted the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement to open a murder investigation into the unsolved death of Stephen Smith, 19. Paul and Maggie Mordo.”
Smith died on a country road in Hampton County in 2015, in a hit-and-run sentence. However, his mother, Sandy, told the Hampton County Guardian, part of the USA TODAY network, in 2015 that she believed her son’s death was the result of vicious play and a possible hate crime because her son was gay.
The chain of events sheds light on the well-known Murdo family.
Alex Mordo’s grandfather, grandfather, and father have consistently served as elected attorney generals in the district for 85 years. Alex Mordo has also volunteered for the attorney general’s office, to help his father who remains a paid contract employee, after a new lawyer takes over.
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DeWitt reports from Hampton, South Carolina. Miller reported from New York.