Attorney for family of former Murdaugh housekeeper files lawsuit
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - 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.
“My client has not been paid one single dime since this was settled in 2020,” Eric Bland, an 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.”
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.
On September 15, 2021 Bland formally filed a lawsuit against Alex Murdaugh.
Bland said this case was brought to him after his name was recommended to Satterfield’s children through a mutual connection.
He said Satterfield worked for the Murdaughs for more than 20 years and had become, “part of the fabric of the family.”
After Satterfield’s death, Bland said the lawyer that Satterfield’s children chose was referred to by Alex Murdaughs. He was also one of Murdaugh’s “best friends and college roommate.” After not getting paid Satterfield’s children later went to Bland for legal help.
“It’s very strange that [Alex Murdaugh] would hand-carry them to a lawyer that would come sue him,” Bland said.
The news from Satterfield’s attorney comes more than a week after her former employer Alex Murdaugh was shot in the head along a rural road in Hampton County.
After Murdaugh was shot, he announced he would enter rehab and resign from the law firm his family founded after facing accusations of misappropriating funds from the firm. SLED confirmed Monday they have opened an investigation into Murdaugh’s alleged misappropriation of funds.
Bland said it’s possible his clients were “a small part on the bigger wheel.”
Murdaugh is the father of Paul Murdaugh, 22; and the husband of Margaret Murdaugh, 52; who were found shot to death at their hunting property in the rural Colleton County community of Islandton on June 7.
SLED confirmed Alex Murdaugh discovered them after they were shot. The Murdaughs were both shot multiple times, investigators confirmed.
Days after the double shooting, the family patriarch, Randolph Murdaugh, died. He was Paul’s grandfather and Alex’s father.
The family has strong connections to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, which serves Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.
Members of the Murdaugh family ran the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office for about 87 years, believed to be the longest consecutive run in American history.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating both the double slaying and the weekend shooting incident.
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