Convicted family annihilator Alex Murdaugh, an accused habitual fraudster whose lies took center stage during his recent double murder trial, will soon be expected to provide information to parties involved in a high-profile wrongful death suit against him.
On Monday, South Carolina circuit court judge Daniel D. Hall filed a consent order in Hampton County Court of Common Pleas "granting leave for parties to conduct the deposition" of Murdaugh in connection with the March 2019 wrongful death suit filed by the family and estate of Mallory Beach against Murdaugh and other parties.
Beach was ejected into Beaufort County waters and killed during a February 2019 drunken boating incident involving Murdaugh's boat and his late son, Paul Murdaugh ― an incident which sparked an international crime saga and, ultimately helped lead to murder, say authorities.
The motion, filed in response to a May 3 request from co-defendant Gregory Parker and Parker's Corporation, orders the S.C. Department of Corrections to make Murdaugh available for interviews "at an agreed-upon time, date, location, and means scheduled by counsel for the parties..." involved in this wrongful death suit.
Murdaugh is currently serving consecutive life sentences without parole in protective custody at an undisclosed maximum security S.C. state prison.
According to the order, the depositions may be taken virtually or in person, as determined by the parties, and that all parties, including Murdaugh and his counsel, have consented.
The primary defendants in this case are Murdaugh and Parker's, who is accused of selling alcohol to the underaged boaters but denies criminal and civil liability in the case.
Also named in the suit are Murdaugh's surviving son, Richard Alexander "Buster" Murdaugh Jr., who is accused of giving his ID to his brother, Paul, for the fraudulent purchase of alcohol; Alex Murdaugh's younger brother, JohnMarvin Murdaugh, as P.R. of the Estate of Margaret Kennedy Branstetter Murdaugh; and his older brother Randolph Murdaugh IV, as P.R. of the Estate of Paul Terry Murdaugh.
Margaret and Paul Murdaugh were brutally shot and killed June 7, 2021, at their Colleton County home, Moselle. Murdaugh, who was convicted in those killings March 2, 2023, was driven to murder in part by the threat and pressure of this multi-million wrongful death suit, prosecutors said during his trial, and partly to distract from scores of financial and drug-related crimes.
During the murder trial, prosecutors presented evidence that revealed Murdaugh lied to investigators for months about being at the crime scene, and lied to countless clients and law partners in order to steal millions, which may call into question the accuracy of any deposition he gives in this pending civil case.
Murdaugh admitted to many of those lies during his March murder trial, and in sentencing Judge Clifton Newman commented on Murdaugh's "web of lies."
The Beach civil suit is set for trial in Hampton County Aug. 14. No trial dates have been set in Murdaugh's remaining 104 criminal allegations.
Hampton County Guardian Editor Michael DeWitt, the Greenville News and USA TODAY Network will continue to follow the ongoing criminal and civil cases surrounding the Murdaugh crime saga. Follow DeWitt on Twitter at @mmdewittjr and support his local and national journalism with a digital subscription.
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Updates: Alex Murdaugh deposed in Mallory Beach wrongful death suit