Now, Satterfield’s sons are suing Murdaugh, who was arrested Thursday on fraud charges stemming from his attempt to have himself killed. (His wife’s and son’s deaths remain unsolved and Murdaugh has denied responsibility.)
An attorney for Satterfield’s estate told CNN the family trusted Murdaugh to help them bring a wrongful death claim against him. The housekeeper died following what was described as a “trip and fall” accident at the Murdaugh home in 2018.
“Our clients had tremendous trust in Murdaugh. They viewed him as family,” the attorney, Eric Bland told CNN’s Erin Burnett Thursday.
But according to the family’s lawsuit, despite a civil settlement, Satterfield’s sons never received any money. On Thursday, Bland alleged Murdaugh had misappropriated millions in settlements from the Satterfield family.
“It’s a disgrace, we’re going to get to the bottom of it, and we have no sympathy or pity for Alex Murdaugh,” Bland said.
CNN has reached out to attorneys for Murdaugh for comment.
Satterfield, who spent more than two decades working for the family, died in what was described at the time as a “trip and fall accident” at the Murdaugh home, according to Bland.
The investigation into Satterfield’s death was opened, SLED said, at the request of the Hampton County coroner, who highlighted inconsistencies with Satterfield’s stated manner of death, as well as information gathered during SLED’s other investigations involving Murdaugh.
“The decedent’s death was not reported to the Coroner at the time, nor was an autopsy performed,” the coroner’s request to SLED said. “On the death certificate the manner of death was ruled ‘Natural,’ which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident.”
‘He has fallen from grace’
Murdaugh was arrested Thursday on charges related to an insurance fraud scheme that court documents say involved Murdaugh arranging for his own killing so his surviving son could collect the life insurance payout.
Murdaugh appeared in court Thursday, where Hampton County Magistrate Judge Tonja Alexander set a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. Murdaugh was required to surrender his passport to SLED and sign a waiver of extradition.
He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report, according to a statement from the SLED. The case will be prosecuted by the state Attorney General’s office.
His attorney Dick Harpootlian said Murdaugh would be returning to an out-of-state rehabilitation center where he’s being treated for an opioid addiction that the attorney said contributed to his financial issues.
At one point Murdaugh appeared to wipe tears from beneath his glasses while Harpootlian described the killings of his wife and son and the toll their deaths had on him.
“He has fallen from grace,” Harpootlian said. “But before any of that falling happened, his wife and son were brutally murdered, and that has had an extraordinary effect on him. So we’d ask you to allow him to go and help heal himself.”
Bland dismissed Harpootlian’s comments, calling it “lawyer…