Murdaugh was not charged Tuesday night, but officers said more charges were expected.
Murdaugh gave Smith a gun and drove him to Old Salkehatchie Road. Smith fired a shot at the lawyer whilehe was standing in the road, an officer said in an affidavit.
But that bullet only grazed Murdaugh's head and he was able to call 911 for help, authorities said. Murdaugh 's attorney said last week his skull was fractured by the bullet.
Murdaugh wanted Smith to kill him so his surviving son could get his $ 10 million life insurance policy, state agents said.
Smith left after the shooting and threw the weapon, authorities said.
State Officers said Murdaugh admitted to attempting to stage his own death on Monday.
Murdaugh's attorney Jim Griffin did not respond to a text message from the Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Murdaugh said last week via a walletthe family member that he had pulled over after the low tire pressure warning light on his Mercedes SUV came on. A man passing by in a van asked him if he was having any problems with his car, then shot him.
Officers said Smith, 61 years old, confessed on Tuesday and was charged with assisted suicide, highly aggravated assault and battery, robbery and presentation of a firearm, insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.
It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf. Colleton County court records showed Murdaugh had been Smith's attorney in a speeding case in 2013.
The murders of June 7 from Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh. Alex Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wifeme and her son at their home in Colleton County. Both had been shot multiple times.
Murdaugh announced two days after the shooting that he was going to rehab for opioid addiction.
He apologized to his family and said he was leaving his law firm.
" The murders of my wife and son caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I made a lot of decisions that I really regret, "Murdaugh said without going into details.
Hours later, law firm PMPED announced that Murdaugh had taken money from the company and was fired from the company . The amount of money has not been announced.
In addition to the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh and the shooting of Alex Murdaugh , law enforcement investigates the missing money, be it anyone who attempted to obstruct an investigation into a 2019 boating accident in which Paul Murdaugh was ultimately charged and a hit and run death in July 2015 in Hampton County.
Murdaugh's ancestors were important to the area for many decades.