Alex Murdaugh arrested on new charges linked to taking funds in housekeeper's death

Alex Murdaugh arrested on new charges linked to taking funds in housekeeper's death
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South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was arrested Thursday on new charges related to an investigation that insurance settlement funds were misappropriated after the death of his longtime house keeper.

Authorities in Florida and South Carolina took Murdaugh into custody on Thursday for two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses after he was released from a rehabilitation facility in Orlando, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said.

The charges stemmed from an investigation into misappropriated settlement funds in the death of Gloria Satterfield, SLED said in a statement.

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Murdaugh will be taken to Orange County Corrections, where he will be held until receiving an extradition hearing. He will then be taken to South Carolina for a bond hearing.

Satterfield, Murdaugh’s longtime housekeeper and nanny, died in 2018 after a fall at Murdaugh’s house, according to The State.

Satterfield's sons filed a lawsuit in September accusing Murdaugh of conspiring to divert $4.3 million in insurance proceeds from her estate after the incident, according to the newspaper. The money came from insurance policies that Murdaugh had on the house.

Eric Bland, who represents Satterfield’s sons, said in a statement to The State that he’s “very proud of the justice system in our state, and I’m proud of SLED for concentrating on the crime at hand, which was the right thing to do.”

The charges are the latest in an ongoing saga surrounding Murdaugh, who was once a prominent attorney in the Palmetto State. 

Murdaugh's wife and one of his sons were found shot dead at the family's hunting home in Islandton, S.C., in June. Their deaths were still unsolved.

Murdaugh was later found shot in the head in early September, after resigning from his law firm on allegations of misusing funds. He was arrested and charged later that month for having someone shoot him so that he could collect a $10 million life insurance policy for his living son.

Murdaugh’s attorneys, Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, said in a joint statement that their client intends to cooperate with the investigation into the charges related to Satterfield, as well as the investigations into his wife and son.

“He deeply regrets that his actions have distracted from the efforts to solve their murders,” the attorneys said.