Alex Murdaugh’s attorney has blamed the prominent South Carolina lawyer’s opioid addiction and depression for the alleged plot to have himself killed so his son could collect on a $10 million insurance policy.
Murdaugh admitted to police Tuesday that he hired a man to kill him on Sept. 4 in a roadside shooting in Varnille – but the planned fatal shot only ended up grazing his head.
His attorney Dick Harpootlian told NBC’s Today on Wednesday that his client was trying to withdraw from opioids and was experiencing “massive depression” when he began plotting how to kill himself.
It is the latest development in a series of bizarre and horrific events for Murdaugh after he found his wife Maggie and 22-year-old son Paul shot dead three months ago outside the family’s hunting lodge near Islandton.
Since then, his downfall has been highly publicized – including how he was forced out of his law firm after they discovered he’d