Paul Murdaugh was 19 when he allegedly piloted his father’s motorboat with five friends in the early hours of February 24, 2019, and struck a bridge on Archer’s Creek, near Parris Island. One of his passengers, Mallory Beach, also 19, was tossed from the boat, and her body was found a week later.
Cook said he was injured in the crash.
ポール・マードー “would often drink to the point of intoxication and was known to operate family vehicles, including boats while under the influence of alcohol,” 訴訟によると.
Cook claims in the lawsuit that Murdaugh was at the hospital after the crash and “sought out all or most of the boat passengers in an attempt to control the narrative of what had occurred” telling Cook to “keep his mouth shut.”
Further, Alex Murdaugh advised the Cook family on whom they should hire as an attorney to represent their son but did not disclose that the attorney was a close personal friend and “godfather” of Paul, 訴訟は述べています. The family retained the counsel who advised Connor “not to cooperate with law enforcement,” 訴訟によると.
The Murdaughs and others also began a “whisper campaign” in the Hampton County community to have Cook held criminally and civilly responsible, according to the filing.
The lawsuit names Paul’s older brother and the store where the teens allegedly purchased alcohol. Paul Murdaugh used his brother’s driver’s license and mother’s credit card to purchase about $ 50 worth of alcoholic beverages, 訴訟によると, which also alleges that the store focused “on transaction speed at the expense of proper license checks.”
Cook obtained a new attorney two months after the incident and provided information to prosecutors that helped lead to charges against Paul Murdaugh.
Murdaugh was facing charges including boating under the influence, causing great bodily harm, and causing death in connection to the boat crash. He had pleaded not guilty, before his death in tragic circumstances in June.
The Murdaugh family: A story of murder, insurance fraud
6月に 7, アレックス・マードー 見つかった his wife Maggie and Paul shot dead outside of their home in Islandton
, サウスカロライナ, according to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
Maggie Murdaugh, 52, had been shot multiple times with a semiautomatic rifle. ポール・マードー, by then 22, had been shot at least twice with a shotgun.
逮捕は行われていません, and the case is still under investigation.
Then events took an astonishing turn in September when Alex Murdaugh was accused of arranging for a former client to kill him so that his surviving son could collect a life insurance payout of about $ 10 百万, 裁判所の文書によると.
Murdaugh was shot in the head and survived.
A family spokesperson had previously blamed the shooting on an unidentified man in a blue truck. しかしながら, Alex Murdaugh admitted to authorities that he had conspired with the shooter to kill him as part of a suicidal fraud scheme, according to an affidavit to support charges against the alleged gunman.
He has been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, and filing a false police report. The purpose of the scheme was to allow Murdaugh’s eldest son to collect a $ 10 million life insurance policy, 法執行機関によると.
Murdaugh faces other legal and personal issues as well. His shooting on September 4 came a day after he resigned from his law firm amid allegations he had misappropriated funds. Two days after the shooting, Murdaugh released a statement saying he was entering rehab, and his law license has also been suspended.
“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret,” 彼は声明の中で言った. “I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders. I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”
加えて, SLED has opened a probe into the February 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield, a housekeeper who’d spent more than two decades working for the Murdaugh family.