Hillbilly hitman Curtis “Fast Eddie” Smith claims he’s a victim too in disgraced legal scion Alex Murdaugh’s machinations.
The 61-year-old dope dealer and career criminal has been identified by cops as the triggerman in Murdaugh’s bizarre assisted-suicide scheme.
The bogus hit was just the latest in a twisted saga that has rattled South Carolina’s legal and social circles.
“I know what they’re trying to say about me and it ain’t true,” Curtis told the New York Post.
“It was the craziest situation I ever been involved with. I was set up to be the fall guy. And those damn pictures of me in the newspaper! I was looking at them this morning. They didn’t let me take a damn shower!”
The wealthy Murdaugh family first hit the national radar earlier this summer when the legal eagle’s son, Paul, and wife, Maggie, were found shot to death at their home. Paul was facing trial for a drunken boat crash that killed a local woman.
Then cops said they were reopening a 2015 unsolved homicide connected to the family and last week it emerged that the family’s longtime housekeeper died in 2018 under mysterious circumstances.
On Sept. 4, Alex Murdaugh claimed he’d been shot in the head on a rural road. By the end of the week, he was being investigated for embezzling millions from the law firm his family founded in 1910. He then resigned and checked himself into rehab.
According to Smith and his legal team, Murdaugh hired the triggerman to kill him to ensure his surviving son would inherit $10 million.
But Smith told the Post he was a patsy.
“I get a call from Alex that Saturday afternoon to come to where he was, and I thought it was maybe to fix something,” Smith said. “I had no idea what he wanted, I just went over there.”
When he met the disgraced lawyer on a rural road, Smith said he was waving a gun.
“I ran over and we wrestled a minute together, me trying to get the gun away from him,” Smith said. “Then the gun kind of went off above his head and I got scared to death and I ran to my truck and took off.”
At Murdaugh’s Wednesday bail hearing last Wednesday, there were no visible marks on his head. His lawyers claim Murdaugh had been hooked on opioids for two decades and that Smith was his dealer.
The hillbilly hitman denied being a drug dealer.