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Disgraced South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh is indicted on DRUG TRAFFICKING charges

Police investigating the double murder of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh have also reopened the case in a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith

Police investigating the double murder of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh have also reopened the case in a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith

2015Teen Stephen Smith dies

Smith was found by the side of the road.

Police officially consider his death a hit-and-run, but he suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

His mother has since shared her belief that she believes he was murdered in a hate crime because he was gay.

Notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed that Paul’s older brother Buster was mentioned multiple times in the investigation.

The police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen.

Stephen’s mother said he had a fing.

In a statement years later, one of Paul’s friends said the family had “covered up” other murders.

He mentioned Smith’s death.

2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield passed away

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield passed away

Gloria died after ‘falling’ down the stairs at the family home

The family gave her family $500,000 in a wrongful death settlement, but it’s unclear why her death was considered their fault.

Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant in the lawsuit.

Satterfield was only 57 when she died.

She left behind a husband and children.

Her death was also mentioned in the statement of a friend of Paul Murdaugh.

2019: Mallory Beach dies when thrown from a boat driven by Paul Murdaugh

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Paul was later charged with drinking and behaving “belligerently” that night.

He had been released on bail.

Other teens were on the boat but were unharmed.

One testified that they were afraid to talk about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to “cover up things.”

The boy called Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed that Paul had pushed Beach off the boat.

June 7, 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered

The mother and son were found dead at the family home in Hampton, South Carolina.

Alex Murdaugh says he found them at home.

The coroner said the couple had been dead for an hour at most when he discovered them.

Paul, 22 years old

Margaretha, 52 years old

Alex’ son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at the family hunting lodge on June 7.

Alex's father Randolph Murdaugh III died 'peacefully' at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found dead

Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found dead

June 10, 2021: Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home

Alex Murdaugh’s alibi for the night of his wife and son’s murder was that he was visiting his ailing father in the hospital.

The father died just three days later, after a battle with cancer.

September 3, 2021: Alex resigns from his law firm amid claims he misused money

The company has hired a forensic examiner to review the accounts.

September 4, 2021: Alex calls 911 and claims he was shot in the head during a drive-by.

He only had ‘superficial’ wounds and could also call his brother.

September 6, 2021: Alex issues a statement confirming his resignation from the company and announcing that he is in rehab.

He says, “I’m resigning from my law firm and going into rehab after a long battle that has compounded these murders.”

September 14, 2021: Police arrest alleged hit man in Alex . shooting

Police said Alex Murdaugh orchestrated his own shooting in a botched assisted suicide designed so that his surviving son can collect a $10 million life insurance benefit.

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested on charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

Smith, of Walterboro, South Carolina, is a former client of Murdaugh’s, who represented him in minor traffic cases and in a 2015 lawsuit Smith filed against a forest management company.

According to police, Murdaugh paid him to shoot and kill him in the head, making it look like a random drive-by attack.

September 15, 2021: Police open criminal investigation into 2018 Satterfield death

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has announced it is investigating Gloria Satterfield’s 2018 death and subsequent settlement of her estate.

Satterfield, 57, had been Murdaugh’s housekeeper and nanny for about 25 years when she suffered a fatal brain injury following a mysterious fall at the Murdaugh home.

She died a few weeks later on February 26, 2018.

SLED said that hit had opened a criminal investigation into Satterfield’s death based on a request from the Hampton County coroner, as well as “information gathered during our other pending investigations involving Alex Murdaugh.”

September 16, 2021: Alex turns himself in to the police for insurance fraud

Murdaugh surrendered himself to the police in connection with the insurance fraud, where he arranged his own murder so that his surviving son could collect a $10 million payout.

He is charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.

November 29, 2021: Murdaugh faces 27 new counts after being charged with alleged $4.8 million in financial crimes

Murdaugh was indicted on 27 additional charges, with prosecutors saying he stole nearly $5 million in settlement money he obtained for his late housekeeper, an injured state agent and other people, as well as compensation intended for his law firm.

December 6, 2021: Satterfield’s family sues Bank of America for allowing Murdaugh to hide life insurance money meant for them

The bank was added as a defendant in the lawsuit against Murdaugh, who is accused of depriving Gloria Ann Satterfield’s sons of life insurance money after the mysterious death of the housekeeper.

The Statterfield sons say the bank looked the other way when Murdaugh was able to open a bogus account and transfer the insurance payments to himself and a cousin.

June 28, 2022: Alex Murdaugh and Curtis Smith are charged with drug trafficking

Murdaugh is accused of writing 437 checks worth $2.4 million that Curtis Smith – the man he hired to kill him – cashed over eight years, until September 2021.

Smith kept some of the money for himself and used the rest for a variety of illegal activities, according to charges disclosed on June 28.

That illegal activity involved a “distribution network” for the painkiller oxycodone, according to prosecutors.

Both men were charged with possessing, manufacturing or distributing narcotics.

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