Alex Murdaugh to be questioned about late son Paul’s boat crash that killed Mallory Beach
Yet again sentenced twofold killer and shamed scion Alex Murdaugh will confront questions — this time about his killed child Paul’s hand in the demise of teen Mallory Ocean side.On Monday, a South Carolina judge ordered the state Department of Corrections “to make Defendant Alex Murdaugh available for a deposition” for the wrongful death case of the 2019 crash of his family’s boat with his boozed-up son, Paul Murdaugh, behind the wheel.
“The SCDC is specifically ordered to provide the connection or means by which the parties may conduct the deposition virtually and also simultaneously provide the means by which the parties may conduct the deposition in-person, as determined by the parties,” the judge wrote.
The lawsuit claims the Murdaughs and Parker’s Kitchen, the convenience store that sold alcohol to underage Paul, are liable for 19-year-old Beach’s death.
Representatives for both the chain store and the Beach family will be granted the chance to grill Murdaugh.
Paul, also 19 at the time, was caught on surveillance footage buying booze from Parker’s Kitchen using his older brother Buster’s ID just hours before he smashed the boat into a piling on the Archers Creek Bridge.All five passengers were violently ejected from the vessel — but only Beach failed to return to shore. Her body was found one week later.
Lawyers for the Parker’s Corporation argued earlier this month that it is not to blame for the tragic collision because it did not know Paul was a minor and even claimed the now-deceased man “defrauded” the store by pretending to be his older brother.
Parker’s also asked to dismiss the case because “evidence shows that Mallory Beach, an adult, knowingly exposed herself to the risk of riding in a boat with the visibly drunk Paul Murdaugh on a dark, foggy night.” At the time of his June 2021 murder, Paul was facing charges of boating under the influence causing severe bodily injury and death. He had pleaded not guilty.
His father, Alex Murdaugh, was sentenced to two life sentences in March for gunning down wife Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, at the family’s Moselle hunting lodge in June 2021.
Beach’s wrongful death suit is just a drop in the bucket of cases piling up against the cold-blooded killer.