Murdaugh, right, in a trial media pool photo by Andrew J. Whitaker

A phone interview between disbarred lawyer Alex Murdaugh and a state agent revealed Murdaugh and a former client planned and failed to kill Murdaugh so his surviving son could collect millions of dollars in life insurance. Prosecutors reportedly played the September 2021 phone call before jurors Thursday as evidence that Murdaugh resorted to violence to solve his problems. 

“I was in a very bad place,” Murdaugh told state investigators in the phone call. “I thought it would be better for me not to be here anymore. I thought that it would make it easier on my family for me to be dead.”

Prosecutors added the attempted assisted suicide came one day after Murdaugh’s law partners confronted him with evidence he had stolen millions of dollars and forced him to resign. What the court referred to as a “staged roadside shooting” is the third alleged crime that jurors have heard about involving Murdaugh, according to published reports.

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