South Carolina law enforcement opens criminal investigation into 2018 death of Murdaugh’s housekeeper

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Satterfield died in 2018 in what has been described as a “trip and fall accident” at the Murdaugh’s home, according to attorney Eric Bland, who represents his estate.

Satterfield spent more than two decades as a housekeeper for the Murdaugh family, which is now at the center of a mystery unfolding in South Carolina: First, Margaret Murdaugh and her son Paul were shot and killed in June. Alex Murdaugh, a prominent lawyer and family patriarch, was accused by authorities of arranging the murder of a former client earlier this month so his surviving son could earn life insurance around 10 millions of dollars.

SLED said he was opening an inquest based on a request from the Hampton County Coroner that highlights inconsistencies in the ruling on how Satterfield died, as well as information gathered in other inquests in SLED course involving Alex Murdaugh.

“The death of the deceased was not reported to the coroner at the time, and no autopsy was performed. On the death certificate, the death was deemed ‘natural’, which is inconsistent with the injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident, ”the coroner said. ask SLED said.

After Satterfield’s death, a wrongful death claim of $ 500,000 was filed against Alex Murdaugh on behalf of Satterfield’s estate, Bland said. According to him, the estate has not yet received any of the $ 500,000 owed as a result of a civil settlement in 2018.

CNN has contacted attorneys representing Alex Murdaugh for comment.

Bland filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Satterfield’s estate against Alex Murdaugh, among others.

Bland told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that after Satterfield’s death, his family trusted Murdaugh to help them take legal action against him on behalf of the estate.

“Certainly my clients asked questions because after her fall she was unfortunately airlifted to a hospital and suffered a head injury, she was never able to communicate with them for the next three weeks until upon his death, “Bland told Cuomo. “So it was Alex Murdaugh who said she tripped and fell on the stairs on her dogs.”

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“They trusted him,” said Bland, describing Satterfield as part of the family fabric after 25 years. “He led them by hand to his best friend and college roommate to file a lawsuit against himself on behalf of the estate.”

According to Bland, a number of claims have been filed which have all contributed to a settlement, but none of those settlements have ever made it to court except one for around $ 500,000 from Lloyds of London. Insurance.

“There is no court order approving any of these settlements. And it’s required by law, if you have a case of wrongful death or survival, a judge has to approve the settlements. None of that. exists on the court record, and our clients never found these cases settled those claims, until they were printed in the newspaper by investigative journalists, ”Bland said.

“It’s our job to get them answers and get their money back,” Bland added.

CNN’s Dakin Andone contributed to this report.

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