Disgraced South Carolina legal heir Alex Murdo and his late wife Maggie “knew about the drinking of their underage son Paul prior to the fatal boat crash and did nothing about it,” the victim’s mother said in the amended lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by the parents of Mallory Beach, who was killed aboard a boat driven by Paul Murdo in 2019, portrays his parents as the willful perpetrators of their underage son’s drinking.
“Paul Murdo’s drinking was approved, encouraged, and encouraged by Richard Alexander Murdo and Margaret Kennedy Branstetter Murdo,” the lawsuit states.
Paul, 22, and his 52-year-old mother were found shot to death on their Islanddon hunting estate last June in a murder that remains unsolved.
Alex Murdo has been rotting in prison ever since he was accused of hiring a hitman to kill him in an insurance fraud scheme and embezzling money from his law firm.
The Murdo family on the same boat used by Paul, pictured wearing a green shirt and blue shorts, in the fatal accident that killed Mallory Beach in the 2019 crash.
Pictured: Paul Murdo’s photo taken after the 2019 drunken boat wreck that left Mallory Beach, right, dead.
In a lawsuit filed by Mallory Beach’s parents on Wednesday, his parents, Alex and Maggie Murdo, pictured with Paul, are portrayed as the willful perpetrators of their underage son’s drinking.
The Beach family lawsuit was filed a day before the three-year anniversary of the crash, adding the estates of Maggie and Paul Murdo as defendants.
The lawsuit alleges that the drunk Paul Murdo, who was only 19 at the time of the accident, spoke to his mother on the phone about two hours before the accident, and that she “failed to stop” him from driving. boat, despite the fact that he was clearly drunk.
In an amended complaint filed by Allendale attorney Mark Tinsley, the mother and son are accused of negligence. The boat crashed into the Archers Creek Bridge in Beaufort County in February 2019, killing Beach and injuring five people on board.
Beach, 19, died when she was thrown off the ship. A week later, her body was found in the water by a fisherman.
Paul Murdo was charged with three felony counts, including Beech’s murder. He was awaiting trial when he and his mother were killed.
According to legal documents seen by , Paul was “strongly drunk” and “belligerent” after spending the evening drinking before he and his friends boarded the boat.
Alex Murdo at a bail hearing at the Hampton County Jail in Varnville, South Carolina.
Alex and Maggie Murdo on the boat used by son Paul during the fatal 2019 boat crash that killed Beach.
In police dashcam footage from the night of the 2019 crash, posted on YouTube by the Murdaugh Murders podcast, one of his friends can be heard yelling, “Paul, you’re smiling like it’s fucking funny! My damn friend is gone.
The video does not show who is speaking, but a male voice is heard – possibly the voice of Anthony Cooke, who was Beach’s boyfriend – scolding Murdo and telling him to “rot in fucking hell.”
Meanwhile, Paul’s disgraced father, South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdo, faces 74 criminal charges after he was charged with four new charges last month accusing him of stealing another $2.6 million, bringing the total. which he accuses of fraud, is almost 8.8 million dollars.
Murdo, 53, faces 23 new charges brought by a state grand jury from four new victims who were reportedly scammed by a wealthy offspring in similar schemes, including a deaf palsy family.
The new indictments extend Murdo’s crimes more than a decade back to 2011, about four years before he was accused of opening two fraudulent Bank of America accounts in 2015.
As part of his plan, Murdo negotiated settlement money for his clients without telling them how much they earned, and then deposited checks meant to pay for their pain and suffering or the anguish of a loved one’s death into his personal accounts. to pay off loans or debts in ways that prosecutors have not yet fully detailed.
Prosecutors say Murdo used money orders given to an unnamed family member to get the cash.
Murdo, 53, allegedly hired Smith and gave him a gun to shoot him in the head so that Murdo’s son, Buster, could inherit a $10 million life insurance policy. The incident happened on September 4th.
Murdo has been in jail since October on an ever-growing list of charges of breach of trust, forgery, money laundering and computer crimes.
He was indicted by a grand jury after he hired alleged hitman Curtis Smith for a failed suicide scheme in September.
Murdo, 53, allegedly provided Smith with a gun to shoot him in the head on Labor Day weekend so that Murdo’s son, Buster, could inherit a $10 million life insurance policy.
Both men were charged with making a false claim for payment, while Murdo was charged with additional charges of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.
Smith, 61, was further charged with complicity in suicide, aggravated assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
The judge set his bail at $7 million and refused to reduce it, even though Murdo’s lawyer argued that his bank accounts had been seized in civil suits and he could barely afford to buy underwear at the Richland County Jail.
The allegations made last month included accusations that Murdo was involved in the aftermath of an accident that left a deaf man paralyzed.