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SLED opens criminal investigation into death of Murdaugh housekeeper

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 4:50 PM EDT
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HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is opening a criminal investigation into the death of a housekeeper at a Murdaugh residence in 2018.

According to SLED, the decision to open a criminal investigation was made on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, after a request by the Hampton County coroner, as well as information gathered by SLED during other investigations involving Alex Murdaugh.

After the 2018 death of Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, the Murdaugh family and Satterfield’s estate reached a settlement of $500,000, according to a copy of the wrongful death settlement.

According to Satterfield’s obituary, she died at the age of 57 on February 26, 2018 at Trident Medical Center. Satterfield died from injuries she sustained after “a trip and fall accident,” according to the settlement.

According to the request from the Hampton County coroner, Satterfield’s death was not reported to the coroner at the time nor was an autopsy performed. On her death certificate, the cause of death is listed as “natural.” According to the Hampton County coroner, that is inconsistent with injuries sustained during a trip and fall accident.

On Sept. 15, 2021, an attorney representing Satterfield’s estate formally filed a lawsuit against Alex Murdaugh.

“My client has not been paid one single dime since this was settled in 2020,” Eric Bland, the attorney representing Satterfield’s estate, said. “My job is to get information and find out why these boys didn’t get any money when there was a settlement.”

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

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