After the arrest of a distinguished legal professional in an alleged murder-for-hire, South Carolina’s state police are investigating the 2018 demise of the household’s housekeeper.
Gloria Satterfield, 57, died after what was described as a “trip-and-fall accident” on the residence of Alex Murdaugh.
The state police mentioned Wednesday that they had been opening a felony investigation based mostly on a request from the Hampton County coroner that highlighted inconsistencies within the ruling of Satterfield’s method of demise, in addition to data gathered throughout the division’s ongoing investigations involving Murdaugh.
Murdaugh, 53, referred to as 911 on Sept. 4 to say he had been shot whereas standing together with a street close to his residence. This week — after resigning from his legislation agency and coming into an opioid dependancy remedy program — he reportedly admitted he had employed somebody to kill him.
The event got here three months after the unsolved murders of Murdaugh’s spouse, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, who had been fatally shot exterior their residence on June 7.
These shootings targeted new consideration on the deaths of two younger individuals who had ties to the Murdaughs: Mallory Seashore, who was killed within the crash of a ship that Paul Murdaugh was driving, and Stephen Smith, who was discovered useless on a street.
Satterfield’s demise, on Feb. 26, 2018, had not beforehand been investigated. She by no means regained consciousness after struggling a head damage three weeks earlier on the Murdaughs’ residence.
Alex Murdaugh reportedly informed emergency responders that she had fallen down the steps, probably having tripped over one of many household’s canines.
Her obituary listed Alex and Maggie Murdaugh — her employers for greater than twenty years — amongst “these she cherished as her household.”
Satterfield’s survivors filed a wrongful-death declare in opposition to the Murdaughs and had been granted $505,000. This week, nevertheless, their lawyer mentioned they haven’t obtained any of the cash.
The lawyer, Eric Bland, mentioned: “All people took the phrase of Alex Murdaugh as a result of when Gloria Satterfield fell down the steps she had a traumatic mind damage, so she by no means wakened. … (She) was by no means capable of clarify. Mr. Murdaugh was the one who mentioned their canines had been the one which brought about her to journey and fall.”
The coroner’s request to the state police mentioned Satterfield’s demise was “not reported to the coroner on the time,” and due to that, an post-mortem was by no means carried out. Moreover, her method of demise was dominated “pure,” which was “inconsistent with accidents sustained in a trip-and-fall accident,” the coroner mentioned.