Convicted killer Alex Murdaugh requested more time to fight an insurance fraud lawsuit filed by the family of his late housekeeper who mysteriously died after tripping at their family home.

Murdaugh, 54, argued prison conditions prohibit him from properly fighting a legal challenge posed by Tony Satterfield and his brother Bryan, who he promised to take care of after their mother Gloria died following a fall at the Murdaugh estate in February 2018.

Gloria was found at the bottom of the stairs in front of the Murdaugh’s home in an incident officially declared as an ‘accident.’ Unanswered questions about her death have recently surfaced since Murdaugh was arrested for killing his wife and son in 2021. 

The disgraced attorney pledged to get Gloria’s sons $100,000 each and cover Gloria’s medical expenses after she allegedly tripped over the Murdaugh family dog and later died in the hospital. 

But Murdaugh went on to steal more than $4.3million from two insurance policies without giving the sons a cent, according to the lawsuit.

The extension filed by Murdaugh’s lawyers on April 3 claimed he ‘intends to participate fully in this litigation to the extent his carceral circumstances permit.’ Murdaugh’s request was approved and extended until May 1.

Alex Murdaugh, 54, received an extension in an insurance fraud case involving his late housekeeper, who died at his family’s estate

Gloria Satterfield allegedly tripped over the Murdaugh family dog while working at their South Carolina home in 2018

Murdaugh is being held at a South Carolina maximum security prison, McCormick Correctional Institution.

He was convicted of killing his wife and son at the family’s sprawling hunting estate in Islandton, South Carolina, on June 7, 2021. Paul, 22, was shot twice with a shotgun and Maggie, 52, was shot five times with a rifle.

The State argues he killed the pair to distract from the millions he had stolen from his firm and the soaring debts that he could no longer keep up with.

Even though Gloria Satterfield died in an accident, her death was never reported to the Hampton County coroner.

The Murdaugh family told the sons their mother tripped over the family dog. Gloria died in hospital around four weeks later from a head injury. She was never able to relay the events of that day.

She died a few weeks later. 

Court documents state how Alex Murdaugh, a former attorney himself, told Satterfield’s sons he was personally responsible for the fall and said he would ‘sue himself’ so that their family would be taken care of financially.

Murdaugh managed to secure $4.3 million from his insurers, but he only told the sons about a $500,000 settlement, the lawsuit claims. 

He took the settlement money by creating a fraudulent bank account with a name similar to a legal consulting firm that handles settlements, the lawsuit said. 

To this day, Satterfield’s two sons say they still don’t know how the fall caused her such horrific injuries that she died from them and never received a penny from an insurance payout 

Murdaugh told Satterfield’s sons at her February 2018 funeral that he would get insurance settlements for her death and take care of them, according to the lawsuit filed by the sons. 

Tony Satterfield, son of Gloria Satterfield, points out Alex Murdaugh during Murdaugh’s double murder trial in February. To this day, Satterfield’s two sons say they still don’t know how the fall caused her such horrific injuries that she died from them and never received a penny from an insurance payout

Alex Murdaugh, right, was seen leaning over to talk with his attorney Jim Griffin in his double murder trial at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, on February 3

Murdaugh is being held at a South Carolina maximum security prison, McCormick Correctional Institution

Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdaugh (from left). Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul were found shot dead at the family’s hunting lodge in a horrific double murder in June 2021

Gloria’s son, Tony testified in February about text messages and calls exchanged with Murdaugh in April 2021, telling him he was ‘finally getting some movement’ in the case – but in fact had already pocketed two recovery payments. 

‘When the defendant came to you around the time of your mom’s funeral and said he was going to help you and file a claim on your behalf, why did you agree?’ prosecutor Creighton Waters asked.

‘Because I trusted him,’ said Satterfield.

Satterfield testified he was only informed of the settlements in June, 2021, after the murders.

‘Did you ever get one cent from Alex Murdaugh?’ Waters asked.

‘No,’ Satterfield answered.

Gloria had worked at the Murdaugh estate as a housekeeper and nanny for more than two years. 

‘Gloria was told she was part of the Murdaugh family, and she believed it to be true. The Murdaughs are prominent and wealthy family based in Hampton County that for generations controlled the prosecutor’s office in Hampton County and were the prominent legal family in the area,’ the sons’ lawyer said in their lawsuit. 

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