SLED investigates 2018 death of Murdaugh family housekeeper

Crime & Safety

HAMPTON, S.C. (WSAV) – State investigators are now looking into the 2018 death of a longtime housekeeper for the Murdaugh family.

Investigators are also looking into the handling of Gloria Satterfield’s estate, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced Wednesday.

Satterfield died after what was described as a trip and fall accident at the Murdaugh’s home. A $500,000 wrongful death claim was filed against Alex Murdaugh on behalf of her estate.

Satterfield’s death was not reported to the coroner at the time, nor was an autopsy performed, according to the Hampton County Coroner’s Office.

The attorney now representing the estate says neither Satterfield’s sons nor the estate has received the money despite court records showing the claim was paid.

The sons, Michael Satterfield and Brian Harriott, filed a lawsuit Wednesday concerning the delayed payment. The suit demands a jury trial and calls for “real answers to… questions surrounding the death of [Satterfield] and the disposition of the monies supposedly paid for their benefit.”

SLED says the investigation was opened based on a request from the coroner Wednesday, along with information gathered during other ongoing investigations involving Murdaugh.

This marks SLED’s sixth investigation involving Murdaugh and his family.

WCBD contributed to this report

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