Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh will be deposed for a wrongful-death lawsuit against his family.
The family of 19-year-old Mallory Beach is suing the Murdaugh family and a convenience store following Beach’s untimely death in 2019 – a death attributed to Murdaugh’s youngest son Paul, CNN reported. Paul, according to his friends, was driving a boat while drunk when he crashed into a bridge and sent two passengers flying into the water, with Beach dying as a result. Paul was indicted on one count of boating under the influence causing death and two counts of causing significant bodily injury, but he was murdered along with his mother before the case went to trial.
Murdaugh will face questions from representatives for the Beach family and Parker’s Kitchen convenience store. A date has not been set for the deposition, CNN reported.
The judge ruled that the Department of Corrections must “make Defendant Alex Murdaugh available for a deposition at an agreed-upon time, date, location, and means scheduled by counsel for the parties and [South Carolina Department of Corrections] SCDC. 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.”
A jury found Murdaugh guilty of murder on March 2, and he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.
The decision came after just a few hours of deliberation and a six-week trial where more than 70 witnesses testified. Murdaugh has maintained his innocence, suggesting his son Paul was the main target for the murders due to his involvement in a 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Murdaugh spent nearly two days testifying in his own defense at his trial and immediately admitted to lying for years about his whereabouts on the day his wife and son were murdered.
The prosecution had already argued that Murdaugh lied about not going to the dog kennels on the day his wife and son were murdered. Prosecutor Creighton Waters previously pointed to cell phone evidence taken from Paul’s phone less than five minutes before he was killed. Paul had filmed one of the dogs to send to a friend, and prosecutors allege Murdaugh’s voice can be heard in the background of the recording. Murdaugh has said he wasn’t at the kennels that night. Prosecutors allege that Murdaugh murdered his wife and son around 8:49 p.m., just a few minutes after the video was taken.
When Murdaugh took the stand, his defense attorneys asked him if he had lied to police about his whereabouts on the night his family was murdered, and Murdaugh admitted to lying.
“I lied about being down there, and I’m so sorry that I did,” Murdaugh said, according to People Magazine.