South Carolina law enforcement officers announced on Friday that they sought and gained authorization from the spouse and children of Gloria Satterfield, a former housekeeper for suspended attorney Alex Murdaugh, to exhume her continues to be.
Satterfield, who expended much more than two decades as a housekeeper for the Murdaugh family, died in 2018 in what was explained as a “trip and drop accident” at the Murdaugh household, according to lawyer Eric Bland, who is symbolizing her estate.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) reported previous year that it was opening a legal investigation into Satterfield’s death, centered upon a request from the Hampton County coroner that highlights inconsistencies in the ruling of Satterfield’s way of death, as properly as info gathered in the course of SLED’s other ongoing investigations involving Murdaugh.
“The decedent’s loss of life was not described to the Coroner at the time, nor was an autopsy done. On the loss of life certificate the manner of demise was ruled ‘Natural,’ which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and drop incident,” the coroner’s ask for to SLED claimed.
Following Satterfield’s demise, a $500,000 wrongful demise declare was filed in opposition to Murdaugh on behalf of Satterfield’s estate, Bland claimed. According to him, the estate has not but obtained any of the $500,000 owed as the final result of a civil settlement in 2018.
SLED says the exhumation approach will consider weeks, not times. The investigation is even now lively and ongoing.
Murdaugh, who is accused of monetary wrongdoing and environment up a suicidal insurance plan fraud plan, was charged with 23 much more crimes in 4 new indictments returned by a grand jury in January. The indictments provide to 71 the selection of fees Murdaugh faces stemming from accusations he defrauded victims of practically $8.5 million in numerous techniques.
He is also facing other expenses, including all those stemming from staying shot in the head on a roadway in September and surviving. Authorities explained he admitted the shooting was a conspiracy with a previous shopper to destroy him as component of a fraud scheme so his only surviving son could acquire an insurance payout of about $10 million.
In that case, Murdaugh was charged with insurance policy fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance policies fraud and with submitting a phony police report.
Authorities mentioned other investigations into his family are underway, wanting into the June fatalities of Murdaugh’s spouse, Margaret, and other son, Paul, who were being gunned down at their family members estate in Islandton. That circumstance is unsolved. Murdaugh has denied responsibility in those deaths.
The investigations have gripped South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where the Murdaughs have been a notable relatives for decades. Three users held the business office of 14th Circuit solicitor for 87 years, ending with Murdaugh’s father, who left business in 2005.