The lawyer representing the family of a woman killed in a 2019 boating accident involving Paul Murdaugh said that Alex plotted to kill Paul and Maggie for six months before doing so.
Attorney Mark Tinsley told The Interview Room that immediately after he started representing Mallory Beach’s family he saw pictures and videos of an underage Paul with alcohol on Maggie’s Facebook page. Tinsley said the evidence suggests Maggie “clearly knew” about Paul’s alcohol consumption.
In 2019, Paul reportedly crashed his boat into Archer’s Creek Bridge in Beaufort County. Beach, 19, a passenger, was ejected from the boat and killed; five other people aboard were injured. A fisherman discovered Beach’s body a week later.
Tinsley said Alex denied his motion to admit in December 2020, six months before his wife and son’s slayings. Tinsley said the motion would have protected Maggie from any legal liability as it allowed Alex to assume culpability for the incriminating images of Paul.
“I think in December 2020, the denial of those requests to admit indicated that he was already contemplating [murder]. So, when he told Maggie’s sister [Marion Proctor], ‘Whoever did this had been planning for a long time,’ I think he told the truth then,” Tinsley told The Interview Room.
Earlier this month, Alex was convicted of murdering Paul and Maggie and received two consecutive life sentences. During the trial, Alex admitted to embezzling millions from his former law firm and a slew of clients.
Maggie died before Tinsley could sue her so he sued her estate because Alex was the beneficiary. Alex allegedly liquidated and stashed his assets as the lawsuit loomed.
Beach’s wrongful death lawsuit goes to trial in August. In January, Beach’s legal team reached a settlement with Maggie’s estate and Buster, the Murdaughs’ surviving son.
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[Featured image: Alex Murdaugh/Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool, File]