Family of Mallory Beach, 19, reach settlement with Buster Murdaugh, 26, in $50million lawsuit after she was killed during fatal late night river ride on boat driven by his underage drunk brother Paul Murdaugh
Mallory Beach was killed on Feb 13, 2019 in a fatal boat crash accident in South Carolina
Court docs said Paul Murdaugh, 19, was dunk when he crashed into Archers Creek Bridge, in Beaufort
Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on three felony counts of drunken driving, causing death and bodily injuries, when he was murdered in June 2021
Pre-crash security footage from inside a Parker’s Kitchen convenience store showed an underage Paul using his older brother Buster’s ID to purchase alcohol
The suit states that not only Buster abet his brother’s underage alcohol purchase, their mother Maggie Murdaugh knew her son was drunk before he went boating
Beach’s mother who filed a $50million creditors claim against the estate of Paul Murdaugh and his late mother Maggie, has been fighting legal battles against Murdaugh family ever since .
Other boat crash survivors, Morgan Doughty and Miley Altman, also filed claims against the Murdaugh estate for $10million and $5million, respectively.
The convenience store where Paul Murdaugh purchased alcohol was been named in the lawsuit brought by the Beach family and the other survivors
The sole member of the Alex Murdaugh family walking free, has reached reached a tentative settlement with the family of Mallory Beach in a wrongful death suit against his family estate.
The Beach family and Richard ‘Buster’ Murdaugh will settle in a $50million lawsuit, after the boating crash victim, who was 19 at the time, was killed during a fatal late night ride in a boat piloted by Buster’s younger brother Paul, now also deceased.
Mallory Beach was killed when she was thrown from the boat when it crashed into Archers Creek Bridge, in Beaufort South Carolina on February 13, 2019. Her body was found five days later.
It is believed Paul Murdaugh, also 19, indulged in underage drinking and was intoxicated at the time. Buster has been accused of lending his younger brother his ID in order for him to buy alcohol before the crash.
After months of negotiations, hearings and a failed mediation, ‘several defendants’ including Buster have settled with the Beach family and three of the other surviving passengers in the fatal crash.
The cost of the settlement has not been made public,is reportedly, a ‘significant’ amount.
The settlement also includes removing the names of Buster and his late mother Maggie Murdaugh from the lawsuit. Maggie Murdaugh was accused of knowing her son Paul was drunk when he went out boating that night.
This development leaves just Alex Murdaugh and Parker’s Kitchen convenience store – where underage Paul purchased alcohol – as named defendants in the suit.
However, the settlement is not yet final. A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, January 19, in Lexington County before judge Daniel Hall.
According to Mark Tinsley, attorney for Mallory’s mother Renee Beach, Final approval of the settlement will be discussed Thursday,and probate judge, Leigh Boan, must also issue a final approval.
‘The Beach family feels very strongly that whatever their faults were, Paul and Maggie didn’t deserve what happened to them,’ Tinsley told Fox News Digital about the settlement agreement.
‘They also feel Buster has suffered enough, so it was important to them to try and get him out of the case.’
The settlement will be able to move forward once it is approved, and when Alex Murdoch agrees to its conditions. Furthermore, attorneys for the Beach family and crash survivors passengers are seeking that a financial claim filed by Palmetto State Bank be withdrawn.
The wrongful death lawsuit has already been pushed back to June 2023 after Murrell Smith, who is the attorney for Parker’s Kitchen and Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, claimed legislative immunity.
The 911 call made after the boat piloted by Paul Murdaugh crashed into Archers Creek Bridge, in Beaufort South Carolina. Mallory Beach was thrown overboard Her body was found five days later. Paul Murdaugh was accused of being drunk at the helm
Mallory Beach, 19, was thrown from the boat when it crashed into Archers Creek Bridge, in Beaufort South Carolina. Her body was found five days later.
The pilot Paul Murdaugh who accused of being drunk at the helm, was awaiting trial on three felony counts – two of boating under the influence and one of causing death and bodily injury – at the time he was murdered in June 2021
Among the recorded evidence removed from the boat after the crash were coolers full of beer.
Pre-crash security footage from inside a Parker’s Kitchen convenience store showed an underage Paul using his older brother Buster’s ID to purchase alcohol.
The store has been named in the lawsuit brought by the Beach family and the other survivors.
Still Paul Murdaugh never saw the inside of a courtroom over the death of Mallory Beach, before he and his mother were shot dead on the grounds of their Islandton home on June 7, 2021.
Authorities have allege family patriarch Alex Murdaugh is behind their killings, sparking an investigation of the one-time South Carolina legal luminary, that so far has yielded some shattering findings.
Aside of the allegations that he is instrumental in the killing of his wife and son and wife, prosecutors allege Alex Murdaugh is a ‘crooked lawyer and drug user who borrowed and stole wherever he could to stay afloat and one step ahead of detection.’
At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on three felony counts – two of boating under the influence and one of causing death and bodily injury.
He had been indicted and released on a $50,000 bond.
Court documents state that Paul Murdaugh was ‘highly intoxicated,’ ‘drunk’ and ‘belligerent,’ on the February night two years ago when he sped his boat into a piling on Archer’s Creek.
All of the six youths on board that night were under 21, all were ejected from the vessel and all but Beach made it to shore.
Beach’s mother filed a $50million creditors claim against the estate of Paul Murdaugh and his late mother Maggie. Other boat crash survivors, Morgan Doughty and Miley Altman, also filed claims against the Murdaugh estate for $10million and $5million, respectively.
Creditors claims filed against an estate are legal means for claimants to get money they feel they are owed from someone after they have died. Family members of the deceases have the choice of either accepting the claims and agreeing to pay the claimants, or dispute the claims in court.
If accepted or awarded by a probate judge, creditors claims but then be paid to third parties before surviving families can access any proceeds from the estate.
Alex Murdaugh, a disgraced former attorney and head of the wealthy Murdaugh family, is set to appear in court over the double murder in two weeks time.
A state filing in December offered the first insight into Murdaugh’s actions in the immediate aftermath of the slayings.
It showed Alex Murdaugh told law enforcement that he knew why his wife and son were slaughtered and informed the first officers on the scene that the murders were tied to the 2019 boat crash, implying they were revenge killings.
The filing shows Murdaugh made a frantic 911 call shortly after 10pm on the night of June 7, 2021 in which he claimed to have found Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, ‘badly shot,’ near dog kennels at the family’s rural hunting estate of Moselle, South Carolina.
But prosecutors alleged the first thing Murdaugh did was try to throw investigators off the scent by falsely linking the murders with the crash.
Family members of all six teens on board the boat as well as the survivors themselves provided DNA samples and were eliminated from police inquiries shortly after the murders. Instead, investigators allege, the ‘only person with a true motive to kill his wife and son,’ was Murdaugh himself.
In the document filed in Colleton County Court prosecutors wrote that the ‘clouds of Murdaugh’s past misdeeds’ were gathering into ‘a perfect storm that was going to expose the real Alex Murdaugh.’
They claim that he was facing imminent ‘legal, financial and personal ruin.’
The financial house of cards built by Murdaugh was due to break on June 7, 2021, according to prosecutors, the very day they allege Murdaugh gunned down his wife and son in a bid to, ‘shift focus’ away from himself and ‘buy some additional time to try’ and cover his alleged crimes.
For the first time in his life, prosecutors say, Murdaugh was facing ‘accountability’ and the exposure of years of misdeeds and a mountain of debt running into millions.
They will argue at his trial that he killed his own wife and son for no other reason than to create a distraction from his other misdeeds.
The disgraced attorney is currently being held in the Alvin S Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, awaiting trial on multiple charges.
Murdaugh faces a total of 99 financial criminal charges stemming from 19 indictments. His trial for the murders of Maggie and Paul is due to begin in Colleton County Court on January 23, 2023.
Murdaugh who has pled not guilty to killing his wife and son, faces life in prison if convicted of his slew of charges.
Mallory Beach has been described as being popular, and that ‘everybody loved her’. She had many friends as well as a boyfriend, Anthony Cook.
Murdaugh has also been accused of attempting to start a ‘whisper campaign’ to make it sound as if Connor Cook – Anthony’s cousin – rather than his son, actually crashed the boat as the group of friends were heading to a party.
Gallery of mishaps associated with the Murdaugh clan:
Police investigating the double murder of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith.
Smith was found on the side of the road. Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force trauma to the head.
His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime because he was gay.
Case notes revealed the Murdaugh’s older son, Buster, was named multiple times in the investigation.
Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen Smith. The deceased teen’s mother has said her son was having a ‘fling’ with Buster.
In a deposition years later, one of Paul Murdaugh’s friends said the family had ‘covered’ other killings up.
He mentioned Smith’s death.
Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield died on February 2, 2018, allegedly after ‘falling’ down the stairs in the family house. 57-year-old Satterfield was survived by her husband and children.
The family gave her family $500,000 in a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be their fault. Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant in the lawsuit.
The housekeepers death was also mentioned in the deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s friend.
February 23, 2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh
On February 23, 2019, Mallory Beach died after she was thrown from a boat driven by Paul Murdaugh, who according to court documents, was under the influence while at the helm of the craft.
Paul, who never saw a courtroom, was not charged until after two years, and only because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ on the night. He was then released on bond.
One of the six teenagers on board claimed that Paul Murdaugh pushed Mallory Beach from the boat.
In his testimony, the witness said they were scared to speak up because the Murdaugh family knew how to ‘cover things up’, citing the cases of Stephen Smith and the family’s housekeeper.
Alex Murdaugh has been charged with the murder of his wife Margaret and his son Paul Murdaugh.
Maggie Murdaugh and the couple’s younger son Paul, were killed on June 7, 2021.
Mother and son were found shot dead near the dog kennels on the family property in Islandton, South Carolina.
Alex Murdaugh who called in the gruesome discovery, claims he found his wife and son dead when he got home. According to the medical examiner, the pair had been dead for an hour at most, at the time Alex claims he discovered them.
It was later revealed Alex waited an hour to call 911 about their deaths.
Three days after ‘finding’ his wife and son murdered, the death of Alex Murdaugh’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III was announced
Alex Murdaugh’s alibi for the night of his wife and son’s murder was that he was visiting his ailing father in the hospital. The father died ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home on June 10, 2021, following a battle with cancer.