Alex Murdaugh’s wife Maggie ‘met with divorce attorney just six weeks before she was killed’

Maggie Murdaugh may have been considering divorce, driving an hour to an attorney’s office and looking into the couple’s assets just weeks before she and son Paul were found dead at their hunting lodge.

She met with a divorce lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, according to a law enforcement source close to the murder investigation. The source said she also started looking into ways to support herself. 

‘She didn’t pay close attention to the family money or where it came from,’ the source told People magazine about Maggie Murdaugh, 52. ‘But now she was starting to look into it.’ 

Alex’s spokesman denied the claims on Thursday, calling them ‘totally inconsistent’ with accounts from friends and family. 

The revelation thickens the plot of the Murdaughs’ twisty tale. Alex, 53, was charged with hiring a hitman to kill him for a $10 million life insurance payout, according to authorities, who also launched an investigation into the death of their former housekeeper years before. The attempted hit on September 4 left him only slightly injured.

Last week, Alex’s former law firm said the South Carolina legal heir ‘lied and stole from us’. It accused him of misappropriating millions in order to feed an addiction to painkillers.

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Maggie Murdaugh (right) visited a divorce lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina just weeks before she was found dead from gunshot 10045843 Alex Murdaugh's wife Maggie 'met with divorce attorney and looked into their financial statements just six weeks before she and her son Paul were assassinated at their South Carolina hunting lodge'shotat home with her son Paul, 22

Maggie Murdaugh (right) visited a divorce lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina just weeks before she was found dead from multiple gunshots at home with her son Paul, 22, on June 7

Maggie (right) also allegedly started looking into the couple's financial assets

Maggie (right) also allegedly started looking into the couple's financial assets

Maggie (right) also allegedly started looking into the couple’s financial assets

Alex Murdaugh, 53, is seen above at his bond hearing in South Carolina in September

Alex Murdaugh, 53, is seen above at his bond hearing in South Carolina in September

Alex Murdaugh, 53, is seen above at his bond hearing in South Carolina in September

Alex Murdaugh, 53, is seen above at his bond hearing in South Carolina in September

Alex Murdaugh, 53, weeps during a September 16 bond hearing for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill him so his other son would get a $10 million life insurance payout. He’s out on $20K bail

The firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, and Detrick (PMPED) released a statement on its website distancing itself from Alex, who had resigned on September 3, a day before the allegedly botched hit.

‘We were shocked and dismayed to learn that Alex violated our principles and code of ethics. He lied and he stole from us. 

‘No member of PMPED was aware of Alex’s scheme,’ the firm said in its statement.

‘When we learned he betrayed our trust, we requested his resignation immediately. We have yet to speak to anyone who was aware of his addiction to opioids.’ 

Alex Murdaugh's former law firm said the legal heir 'lied and stole from us' after it was revealed that he allegedly misappropriated millions of dollars in order to feed an addiction to painkillers

Alex Murdaugh's former law firm said the legal heir 'lied and stole from us' after it was revealed that he allegedly misappropriated millions of dollars in order to feed an addiction to painkillers

Alex Murdaugh’s former law firm said the legal heir ‘lied and stole from us’ after it was revealed that he allegedly misappropriated millions of dollars in order to feed an addiction to painkillers

Alex’s coworkers noticed a cooling in him and his wife’s relationship before she died. They told People magazine that Maggie no longer came by the office to have lunch with her husband, as she had done in the past.

On Thursday, Alex’s spokesman Amanda Loveday called the claims ‘totally inconsistent with what we have been told by friends and family members.’

‘We have reviewed many years of text messages on Alex’s phone, and the conversations between Alex and Maggie portray a very loving relationship,’ Loveday said. 

‘It is our hope that the media will continue to focus on covering the investigation of the person or people responsible for the murder of Maggie and Paul and not reporting salacious stories with no credible sources connected to the Murdaugh family.’

Alex, who comes from a line of top prosecutors in several South Carolina counties, was arrested and charged for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill him.

He’s been released from jail and is currently in an out-of-state drug rehab facility. 

Alex discovered the bodies of his wife and son, Paul, 22, shot multiple times at their Colleton County home June 7.

His drug addiction got worse and he was in a deep depression when he hired someone to take his life, defense attorney Dick Harpootlian said.

He has been released from jail and is currently in an out-of-state drug rehab facility. Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, shot multiple times at their Colleton County home June 7. From left: Paul, Maggie, Alex, and Buster, 25, the surviving son

He has been released from jail and is currently in an out-of-state drug rehab facility. Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, shot multiple times at their Colleton County home June 7. From left: Paul, Maggie, Alex, and Buster, 25, the surviving son

He has been released from jail and is currently in an out-of-state drug rehab facility. Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, shot multiple times at their Colleton County home June 7. From left: Paul, Maggie, Alex, and Buster, 25, the surviving son

The goal was to secure a $10 million life insurance benefit for his surviving son, state police said.

But Alex was charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy and filing a false police report – all felonies that could bring up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three charges. There is no minimum sentence.

The killings of his wife and son remain unsolved.

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the 2018 'trip-and-fall' death of Alex Murdaugh's housekeeper Gloria Satterfield (pictured)

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the 2018 'trip-and-fall' death of Alex Murdaugh's housekeeper Gloria Satterfield (pictured)

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the 2018 ‘trip-and-fall’ death of Alex Murdaugh’s housekeeper Gloria Satterfield (pictured)

Harpootlian said Alex is adamant he had nothing to do with their deaths. 

PMPED’s latest statement also addressed a criminal investigation into the February 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield, a family housekeeper.

An attorney for Satterfield’s family alleges that Alex encouraged them to use his longtime friend as their attorney without revealing the relationship. 

Satterfield died in February 2018 after tripping over the family dog, a lawyer for the sons told media outlets.

Alex spoke to the sons at their mother’s funeral and convinced them to hire Corey Fleming as their lawyer for a wrongful death settlement with his insurance company.

But he did not tell them Fleming was an old college roommate and godfather to at least one of his sons.

Alex Murdaugh and Fleming arranged a $505,000 settlement, according to public records, almost a year ago. The sons have not received it, the Satterfields’ attorney Eric Bland said.

But since filing the suit, Bland said he learned of a second $4.3million settlement with a different insurer that was never revealed to Satterfield’s sons or placed into the public court docket.

Alex Murdaugh is being accused of swindling the sons of his deceased housekeeper out of $4 million

Alex Murdaugh is being accused of swindling the sons of his deceased housekeeper out of $4 million

Eric Bland is representing the Satterfield family in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday against Murdaugh, Fleming, Westendorff, Palmetto State Bank and Moss, Kuhn, Fleming, P.A.

Eric Bland is representing the Satterfield family in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday against Murdaugh, Fleming, Westendorff, Palmetto State Bank and Moss, Kuhn, Fleming, P.A.

Alex Murdaugh (left) is being accused of swindling the sons of his deceased housekeeper out of $4 million. Eric Bland (right) is representing the Satterfield family in a lawsuit on the issue

Bland said he is turning the information over to the State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating Satterfield’s death after a coroner said the accidental death was never reported to her office.

Fleming did not respond to an email or phone message. Alex’s lawyers have not commented about Satterfield’s death or other lawsuits.

In its statement, PMPED said: ‘We have read the media reports about the lawsuit and settlement resulting from the death of Gloria Satterfield. 

‘If these reports are accurate, we are stunned at what occurred. 

‘It’s important for everyone to know that PMPED did not represent Alex in that case. His insurance company hired counsel to represent him.’

Alex also tried to convince a friend of his son to use the same lawyer, Fleming, again without revealing their friendship as investigators tried to sort out who was driving a boat in a 2019 fatal crash, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Alex’s son would eventually be charged.

Fleming is prominent in a lawsuit by Connor Cook, who was in a boat that crashed, killing a 19-year-old woman.

The night of the crash, investigators were not sure if Cook or Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat.

Alex Murdaugh approached Cook in the hallway of a hospital as Cook headed to get his jaw X-rayed and told him everything would be alright if he would ‘keep his mouth shut,’ according to Cook’s lawsuit.

He then encouraged Cook to hire Fleming as his attorney without revealing their relationship, the lawsuit said.

Fleming became Cook’s lawyer and told him not to talk to investigators, setting him up to be falsely identified as the driver of the boat, the suit said.

It was not until Cook hired a new lawyer and spoke to prosecutors that Paul Murdaugh was charged with boating under the influence causing death, a charge pending when he was killed.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating whether Alex Murdaugh or other friends or family members tried to obstruct the investigation into the boat crash as well as the questions surrounding Satterfield’s death.

They also are unraveling the shooting of Alex and looking into millions of dollars missing from the law firm that fired him earlier this month.

Family murders, deaths, drug addictions, thefts and arrests: The riddles facing investigators who’ve now charged Alex Murdaugh 

2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies

Smith was found on the side of the road. 

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith (above)

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith (above)

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith 

Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force trauma to the head 

His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime because he was gay 

Case notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named multiple times in the investigation. 

Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen 

Stephen’s mother said he had been having a ‘fling’. 

In a deposition years later, one of Paul’s friends said the family had ‘covered’ other killings up. 

He mentioned Smith’s death.  

2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Gloria died after ‘falling’ down the stairs in the family house

The family gave her family $500.000 in a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be 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 deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s friend.  

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

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019 

Paul was charged afterwards because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night. 

He had been released on bond.  

Other kids were on the boat but were unharmed.

One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’. 

That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her 

June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered 

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

Alex Murdaugh says he found them  at the home. 

The medical examiner said the pair had been dead for an hour at most when he discovered them.  

Paul, 22

Paul, 22

Margaret, 52

Margaret, 52

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

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

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

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

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

September 3: Alex resigns from his law firm amid claims he misused funds

The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts 

September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he’s been shot in the head in a drive-by. 

He only had ‘surface’ wounds and was also able to call his brother

September 6: Alex resigns from his law firm

The South Carolina legal scion releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab 

He said: ‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’ 

September 16: Alex turns himself into police over insurance fraud scheme

Murdaugh handed himself over to cops in connection to insurance fraud scheme where he arranged his own killing so that his surviving son could collect $10 million payout.

He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.  

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