“Alex Murdaugh murder trial: Shocking details and unexpected twists revealed in court”

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The trial of prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh began on Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging that he conspired with a former client to have himself shot in the head so that his surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance payout. Murdaugh, who was arrested in September, is facing charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, and filing a false police report in connection with the incident.

According to the prosecution, Murdaugh enlisted the help of a former client, Curtis Edward Smith, to carry out the shooting in September 2021. However, Smith’s shots only grazed Murdaugh’s head, and the lawyer allegedly instructed Smith to “finish the job” by shooting him in the head. Smith refused and was later arrested.

Murdaugh has also been linked to the unsolved murders of his wife and son, and is currently awaiting trial on charges of misappropriating millions of dollars from his former law firm. In court on Tuesday, prosecutors argued that Murdaugh had orchestrated the shooting in a bid to provide financial security for his surviving son, who was facing mounting legal bills related to the embezzlement case.

Murdaugh’s defense team has argued that the shooting was not a planned event, but rather a desperate act committed by a man suffering from depression and struggling with addiction. They have also questioned the credibility of the prosecution’s key witness, Curtis Edward Smith. The trial is expected to last several weeks.

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