COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – New indictments against Alex Murdaugh and accomplice Curtis “Eddie” Smith were announced by South Carolina’s attorney general on Tuesday.
A state grand jury charged the pair with two conspiracy counts, including one narcotics count related to Oxycodone, Attorney General Alan Wilson said.
The 62-year-old Smith was also indicted for four counts of money laundering, three counts of forgery, meth trafficking, unlawful possession of a schedule II controlled substance and marijuana possession.
“We know for a fact that millions of dollars, at least $2.5 million and frankly more than that went through his hands,” said Creighton Waters of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office at Smith’s Bond Hearing in a Richland County Court Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Alex Murdaugh wrote a total of 437 checks to Smith over an eight year period for more than $2.5 million. The checks, all under $10,000 to avoid banks having to report the amounts and draw attention to the scheme, would then allegedly be cashed by Smith. He would get some of the money, the rest would be given back to Murdaugh.
“It did go to the Oxycodone distribution network that Mr. Smith was a big part of,” said Waters. “There is substantial evidence that money is cashed out from these transactions that Mr. Smith participated in. there is a substantial amount of cash unaccounted for that passed through Mr. Smith’s hands.”
Smith went so far as to have Murdaugh write the checks to his daughter and girlfriend, and then Smith himself forged their names on the checks according to the indictment.
Prosecutors say the pair was consistent with their lower end cash scheme until March of 2021 when they amped up their alleged criminal deeds.
June of 2021 was when Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son were murdered at their family home.
Smith, who admitted he had taken illegal drugs, including Meth, for his back pain, made his case to the Judge why he shouldn’t be placed behind bars.
“Your honor I don’t have any money,” said Smith. “All the money Mr. Waters is talking about that was Murdaugh that got all of that. I don’t have any money. All I have is the disability I live off of and that’s it.”
“I’m not putting anybody on, I look forward to clearing my name.”
“Your honor, that stuff.. I am the one who got pulled into it. Not by choice.”
Smith was granted a $250,000 surety bond under the following conditions: house/ankle GPS monitoring, periodic drug testing and no talking with codefendants.
Smith had not been previously indicted by the state, though in November 2021, a Hampton County grand jury indicted Smith with several charges related to a Sept. 4, 2021 incident officials have described as a botched suicide attempt.
Alex Murdaugh allegedly asked Smith to come to the side of the road in Hampton County and shoot him in the head so Murdaugh’s son Buster could collect $10 million in insurance money.
Those charges are still pending.