South Carolina Lawyer Murdaugh Turns Himself In.

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Alex Murdaugh, a well-known South Carolina lawyer who is the subject of several state investigations, surrendered to authorities on Thursday.

According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Murdaugh was charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to conduct insurance fraud, and submitting a fake police report. He was arrested and placed into the Hampton County Detention Center, where his bail was set at $20,000 by a judge. Murdaugh's attorneys said in court that he planned to return to an out-of-state drug treatment facility.

He was named as a co-defendant in a failed plan to arrange his own death so that his $10 million life insurance policy could be paid out to his son, according to state police. Meanwhile, the case is still engulfed in numerous death investigations, including ones into his wife and youngest son's deaths.

"I can assure you that (agents) will continue working to bring justice to anyone involved with any criminal act associated with these ongoing investigations," South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said. "The arrests in this case are only the first step in that process."

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, a former Murdaugh customer, was arrested on Tuesday and faces numerous counts, including assisted suicide and insurance fraud conspiracy. According to an affidavit, Murdaugh planned for Smith to be shot on the side of the road so that his life insurance coverage would go to his son. The bullet, on the other hand, barely grazed Murdaugh's skull.

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