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First bond hearing held for man charged with trying to help Alex Murdaugh in suicide attempt

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 4:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 6:01 PM EDT
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HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - We’re learning more about the day Curtis Edward Smith spent in law enforcement custody. He’s charged with trying to help Alex Murdaugh in a suicide attempt by shooting the prominent former attorney in the head.

Murdaugh told investigatiors that Smith shot him so his son, Buster, could collect his $10 million life insurance policy. Smith then admitted to being involved in the shooting.

Smith’s facing a number of charges in connection to this shooting, plus drug charges in a separate case in South Carolina.

The Hampton County law-enforcement center is a small building that includes the sheriff’s office, detention center, and magistrate court.

Curtis Edward Smith was arrested in Colleton County and was in front of a judge earlier Wednesday afternoon for drug charges there. He was then taken to the Hampton County Law Enforcement Center, one of many places where WTOC visited and spoke with people throughout the day.

Sources inside the law enforcement center confirmed that Smith was having a drug withdrawal when he arrived from Colleton County on Wednesday around 2 p.m. We’ve heard from Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys that Alex has had a drug problem and Smith was one of the people taking advantage of that.

Sources inside the law enforcement center also confirmed that Smith was checked out by the nurse upon entry and that he was in no condition to speak with us even an hour later.

After Smith’s arrival, we heard from a member of the magistrate’s office that his Hampton county bond hearing will take place Thursday morning at 9 a.m. This is where he will face charges of assisted suicide, among other things, for shooting of Alex Murdaugh on September 4.

A complete timeline of the Murdaugh case can be found below:

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