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Police arrested a hitman who shot and wounded South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh as he changed a tire on the side of a highway.

Murdaugh was wounded three months after his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22 (pictured left), were shot and killed in an ambush at their South Carolina home on June 7.

Murdaugh, a well-known legal heir in SC, was shot in the head on a rural highway on Septmber 4. He survived the shooting, but he now faces arrest for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from his law firm to buy opioids.

Police arrested Curtis Edward Smith, 61, on Tuesday on and charged him with shooting Murdaugh. Smith also faces charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, possession of a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, Dailymail.com reports.

Police say Murdaugh hired Smith to kill him so his surviving son, Buster, 25, would receive a $10 million insurance payout. However, Smith was a bad shot.

Murdaugh's lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, says he knows who shot Maggie and Paul, and the suspect's name will be revealed this week. He said the motive for the murders was "personal".

Harpootlian acknowledged that Murdaugh is likely to be arrested for allegedly misappropriating millions from his own law firm.

Harpootlian said Murdaugh was still grieving the deaths of his wife and son when he embezzled millions from his law firm to finance his opioid addiction.

Murdaugh was fired from the law firm and the state bar revoked his law license for tampering with clients funds in escrow accounts.

Murdaugh has denied involvement in his wife and son's deaths.
 
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The son of a federal judge was shot and killed when he answered a knock at the door of the family home in North Brunswick, New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, CBS News reports.

The judge's husband, a criminal defense attorney, was also shot but he is expected to survive.

The gunman, who was dressed as a FedEx delivery driver and wearing a face mask, fled the scene.

Law enforcement officials say U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, who is seated in Newark, was unharmed. Her son Daniel Anderl, 20, was shot and killed.

Salas' husband, Mark Anderl, a 63-year-old criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, is listed in critical condition in an ICU.

Police sources told CBS New York Salas was in the basement of the home at the time of the shooting.

The FBI is working with U.S. Marshals and state and local authorities on the case.

Judge Salas was assigned a lawsuit filed by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the bank made misleading statements and didn't keep tabs on "high-risk" customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

According to the Associated Press, Salas kept federal prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in 2017 against an alleged gang leader charged in several Newark slayings. She claimed his intellectual disability prevented him from being executed. Salas later sentenced him to 45 years in prison.

Salas is best known for presiding over the case of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in 2014.

Update: The gunman wanted in the death of a district judge's son has killed himself. Police say the gunman - a lawyer - was found deceased in his car in upstate New York.

The gunman shot and killed Salas' son Daniel, 20, when he answered a knock at the door of the family home in North Brunswick, New Jersey on Sunday. The gunman targeted Judge Esther Salas who presided over his case in the past. She was in the basement of the home during the shooting.

David Ortiz is recovering in a Boston hospital, where he underwent extensive surgery after being shot by a hired gunman in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday.

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Judge Julie Kocurek

An intense manhunt is underway for a gunman who ambushed and shot a Texas judge in the driveway of her Austin home late Friday.

Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek was returning home with "others" when a gunman stepped out of the shadows and shot her at about 10 p.m. No one else with the judge was shot.

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Video: Hitman Executes Cashier in Crowded Supermarket

A Mexican hitman executed a female cashier in front of dozens of witnesses shopping for groceries at a crowded supermarket.

According to a police report obtained by LiveLeak.com, a lone gunman strolled into the supermarket at 10:50 p.m., shoved a bag boy aside and shot the 29-year old cashier in the face at point blank range. As the mortally wounded cashier lay dying on the floor the assassin pumped two more bullets into her body before casually walking away.

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