the father, a disgraced lawyer, would have tried to manipulate a witness

Alex Murdaugh, a lawyer accused of arranging his murder to let his son get his life insurance money, is also accused today of trying to silence a witness involved in a boating accident in which a young girl woman lost her life.

The masks fall at the Murdaughs. Alex Murdaugh, the father of this powerful South Carolina family, a veritable dynasty of lawyers in the region, is accused of having organized his own murder. The man was indicted in early September for hiring an accomplice – his personal drug dealer – to kill him so his eldest son would receive his $10 million life insurance. A disturbing case to which is now added another legal file. Alex Murdaugh is now accused of trying to silence a witness. A young man has just lodged a complaint against him this week, claiming to have been manipulated by the lawyer, who allegedly launched a campaign against him to silence him. Connor Cook was a friend of Paul Murdaugh, Alex Murdaugh’s second son. The latter was killed this summer, along with his mother, and their bodies were found dead in their hunting lodge. The suspect(s) are still at large.

At the time of his death, Paul was under the scope of a complaint for manslaughter. In 2019, while at the helm of a boat with friends, including Connor Cook, one of those on board, 19-year-old Mallory Beach, fell in the water and died. The investigation revealed that Paul and the passengers were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the events. Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial but the charges were eventually dropped after his death. According to Connor Cook’s complaint, revealed by the American media, Alex Murdaugh would have approached him at the time to convince him to hire a certain Cory Fleming as a lawyer, telling him that he would protect him. But at that time, Alex Murdaugh allegedly “forgot” to tell him that Cory Fleming was his godfather, close friend and confidant. Connor Cook was also told to “shut up” and follow the instructions given to him. “Murdaugh and others were mounting a campaign to hold Connor Cook criminally and civilly responsible for the boating accident, through an inadequate investigation, a rumor campaign against him in the Hampton County community, misdirection of forces order and possible obstruction of the investigation,” the complaint alleges.

A series of cases

This case adds to the list of mysteries surrounding the Murdaugh family. After organizing his murder – a shooting attack from which he emerged alive – Alex Murdaugh, addicted to opioids, announced his departure from the family firm, created by his great-grandfather in 1910. “The murders of my wife and my son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I made a lot of decisions that I really regret. I am resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that was exacerbated by these murders,” he said in a statement obtained by “The Island Packet,” sent from the hospital. But it was then revealed by the “New York Times” that the powerful lawyer had actually been pushed out after the opening of an investigation in his firm, in which he is accused of having embezzled funds.

In total, six criminal investigations linked to this disturbing family have recently been reopened. Last week, South Carolina authorities confirmed they had re-investigated the death of the Murdaughs’ maid, dating back to 2018. The woman who had worked for them for 20 years died in hospital after falling at home. his employers. No autopsy was ever performed on the body, says “The Island Packet”. At the time, his death was established as “accidental”.

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