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The South Carolina authorities introduced Friday that they’d acquired permission from the household of Gloria Satterfield, a former housekeeper for suspended legal professional Alex Murdaugh, to exhume her body as a part of an investigation into her demise.
“Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) sought and acquired permission from the Satterfield household, by way of their legal professional, to exhume the stays of Gloria Satterfield,” SLED mentioned in an announcement to Fox News.
Satterfield died in 2018 after she allegedly by chance tripped and fell within the Murdaugh residence. The housekeeper had labored for the Murdaugh household for 20 years.
SLED mentioned final yr it was opening a legal investigation into Satterfield’s demise following a request from the Hampton County coroner noting inconsistencies within the conclusion of Satterfield’s method of demise and knowledge discovered throughout the company’s different ongoing investigations into Murdaugh’s wrongdoings.
“The decedent’s demise was not reported to the Coroner on the time, nor was an post-mortem carried out,” the coroner’s request to SLED reportedly mentioned on the time. “On the demise certificates, the style of demise was dominated ‘Natural,’ which is inconsistent with accidents sustained in a visit and fall accident.”
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The exhumation course of is advanced and will take weeks to finish, SLED instructed Fox News.
Murdaugh is going through 71 prices after indictments allege he concocted to steal $8.5 million in insurance coverage settlement and extra funds from shoppers and different victims.
Other investigations are wanting into the deaths of Murdaugh’s spouse and considered one of his sons. The two have been fatally shot at their household property in June. Murdaugh has denied involvement within the deaths.
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He can be charged with insurance coverage fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud and with submitting a false police report after he arrange a plot to have himself killed so his solely surviving son might obtain round $10 million in insurance coverage cash.
He was shot within the head on the facet of a highway in September by a former consumer however survived. According to authorities, Murdaugh admitted the incident was a conspiracy.
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