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Alex Murdaugh agrees to $4.3 million settlement

CNN logo CNN 12/14/2021 By Randi Kaye, Alta Spells and Maria Cartaya, CNN
Alex Murdaugh faced a bond hearing in the Richland County Courthouse Oct. 19, 2021. © Alex Hicks Jr./The Greenville News/USA Today Network Alex Murdaugh faced a bond hearing in the Richland County Courthouse Oct. 19, 2021.

Suspended South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh has agreed to a $4.3 million settlement with the family of Gloria Satterfield, his former housekeeper, according to family attorney, Eric Bland.

During a bond hearing for Murdaugh on Monday, his attorney said he "agreed to confessing a judgment of $4.3 million" to her family.

Satterfield spent more than two decades with the Murdaugh family and died after suffering a fall at their home in 2018.

Murdaugh was arrested October 14, 2021, and jailed without bond on an arrest warrant for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for the Satterfield family.

According to affidavits released by the South Carolina Enforcement Division, "Mr. Murdaugh coordinated with (Gloria) Satterfield's family to sue himself in order to seek an insurance settlement with the stated intent to give the proceeds to the Satterfield family to pay for funeral expenses and monetary compensation for Satterfield's children." Murdaugh deposited more than nearly $3 million into an account he owned, the affidavits said.

His attorney told Judge Alison Lee Murdaugh agreed to the confession of judgment and issued an apology to the Satterfield and Harriott families.

He then read from a brief apology statement from Murdaugh to the Satterfield family "for his financial transgressions committed in connection with the wrongful death settlement funds recovered in connection with the death of Gloria Satterfield and the pain it has caused."  

The judgment agreement must be approved by a receiver who currently controls all of Murdaugh's money and assets before it can be finalized.

If he can post the $7 million bond assigned Monday, the following conditions will apply: he will be placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring, not be allowed contact with any witnesses or co-defendants, will have to receive mental health and substance abuse counseling and surrender his passport.

The once-prominent attorney, in custody in Columbia on other charges, has faced increased scrutiny since the renewed attention on the unsolved fatal shootings of his wife and one of his sons in June and the opening of an investigation in September into the 2018 death of his housekeeper.

September 4, a day after he resigned from his law firm amid allegations he had misappropriated funds, Murdaugh was shot in the head on a roadway, but survived.

He later admitted to authorities he conspired with former client Curtis Smith to kill him as part of a fraud scheme so his only surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance payout, according to an affidavit to support charges against the alleged gunman.

The shooting followed the June deaths of Murdaugh's wife, Margaret, and son, Paul, who were fatally shot outside their home in Islandton. The case remains unsolved. Murdaugh has denied responsibility in the killings.

a person wearing a pink shirt: On September 15, SLED announced it was opening a criminal investigation into the February 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield and the handling of her estate. Satterfield was the Murdaugh family housekeeper for more than two decades before dying after what was described as a "trip and fall accident" at the Murdaugh home, according to attorney Eric Bland, who is representing her estate. © Eric Bland On September 15, SLED announced it was opening a criminal investigation into the February 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield and the handling of her estate. Satterfield was the Murdaugh family housekeeper for more than two decades before dying after what was described as a "trip and fall accident" at the Murdaugh home, according to attorney Eric Bland, who is representing her estate. Alex Murdaugh has been taken into custody in Orlando, Florida for two felony counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said Thursday. According to a release from SLED, the "charges stem from a SLED investigation into misappropriated settlement funds in the death of Gloria Satterfield, " the longtime housekeeper of the Murdaugh family who allegedly died as a result of a "trip and fall" at one of the family homes in 2018. © Orange County Department of Corrections Alex Murdaugh has been taken into custody in Orlando, Florida for two felony counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said Thursday. According to a release from SLED, the "charges stem from a SLED investigation into misappropriated settlement funds in the death of Gloria Satterfield, " the longtime housekeeper of the Murdaugh family who allegedly died as a result of a "trip and fall" at one of the family homes in 2018.
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