The man accused of plotting with South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh to kill the attorney in an insurance scheme had allegedly boasted to cops that they wouldn’t be able to “find anything’’ to nail him.
“The police have been round and told me I’m a suspect and wanted to search my house. I said, ‘Go ahead, you won’t find anything,’ ” Curtis Edward Smith, a.k.a. “Fast Eddie,’’ allegedly told a longtime acquaintance, according to the Daily Mail.
The acquaintance, Henry Vandermark, said Smith, 61, played it cool even as authorities closed in on the would-be assassin and Murdaugh, a prominent, now-disgraced, alleged drug-addled lawyer.
“It didn’t seem to bother him at all,’’ Vandermark told the Mail of Smith amid the heat on the suspect at the time.
Smith is accused of shooting Murdaugh on Sept. 4 in a botched suicidal fraud scheme so that the lawyer’s son could reap a $10 million insurance payout. Murdaugh ended up with a graze wound to the head.
He had allegedly known Smith, his alleged dealer, from a previous legal case.
The pair’s screwy reputed plan unraveled amid a law-enforcement investigation — with Murdaugh’s own lawyer admitting this week that his client hatched the scheme “to protect his child” and provide for him amid a slew of other family woes.
Smith was ordered held on $55,000 bond in the fraud case Thursday — appearing alternately shaking, sobbing and rocking before a judge in a courtroom in rural Varnville a little over an hour west of Charleston.
Murdaugh, 53, surrendered to authorities in Varnville on Thursday morning to face a bond hearing later in the afternoon.
A neighbor of Smith’s told the Mail that the 61-year-old suspect was known as “Fast Eddie” in town and would drive a golf cart around his large property.
Another local resident said, “It’s a total shock to wake up to a text saying, ‘Have you heard about your neighbor?’ and then to learn this.
“I had no idea he was into drugs and that sort of thing,” the neighbor said. “I know he took something for his back which bothered him a long time, but I’d never have imagined he’d be involved in anything like this.”
A relative told the outlet through tears that Smith was “a really sweet guy.”
The hit plot was only the latest in a bizarre string of events involving the Murdaugh family — including when Alex’s wife and another son were found murdered on their property in June. No suspects or motive have been publicly identified in the case.
Since then, it also surfaced that Alex’s law firm had booted him for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars partly to fuel his opioid addiction and that there is now an law-enforcement probe into the “trip and fall accident” death of the family’s housekeeper in 2017. Alex is among those being sued by her family, too.