New aspects on drunken boat crash that led to indictment of South Carolina teen who was murdered in advance of trial

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCBD) – Newly received paperwork paint a clearer picture of the events leading up to the lethal boat journey that killed 19-12 months-old Mallory Seaside and led to the indictment of 19-year-aged Paul Murdaugh.

Murdaugh and his mom have been located shot to dying at their loved ones residence in early June.

Right before:

On February 23, 2019, Paul Murdaugh, Morgan Doughty, Connor Cook dinner, Miley Altman, Anthony Cook dinner, and Mallory Seaside fulfilled at Paul’s property around 6:30 p.m. to go to an oyster roast at the residence of Crystal Cook dinner. They arrived by boat amongst 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

In accordance to a assertion from Crystal, no alcoholic beverages was served at the event. She reported that when the youngsters arrived, “Miley Altman had a White Claw in her hand but threw it away (Her mother and father have been at the meal).”

Crystal said that the young ones did not look intoxicated while at the event, and remaining about 11:30 p.m.

The timeline established by the South Carolina Section of Purely natural Means (SCDNR) employing details from the boat’s Garmin monitoring device has the team leaving the oyster roast at 12:11 a.m.

The group established out for bars along the Beaufort waterfront and arrived at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park all over 12:49 a.m.

En route to the bars, the Garmin tracker recorded the boat “almost [colliding] with the Woods swing bridge.”

A surveillance digicam captured Paul and Connor getting into Luther’s Rare and Very well Performed bar at 12:55 a.m.

Paul purchased the very first spherical of Yager Bombs at 12:59 a.m., Connor ordered a spherical of lemon fall photographs shortly immediately after, and the boys remaining at 1:07 a.m. They each and every took two shots in the course of that 8-moment time period of time.

Paul and Connor fulfilled back up with the relaxation of the group at 1:13 a.m. and they still left for house by 1:17 a.m.

For the duration of:

At 2:20 a.m., the Garmin data a minimize then a spike in the velocity of the boat. Witnesses said that was when Paul moved to the entrance of the boat though arguing with Morgan, then returned to the helm and picked up speed.

Seconds later on, the boat plowed into the dolphin pilings at the Archers Creek Bridge. At 2:21 a.m., the boat arrived to a stop, crashed under the bridge.

In an job interview with SCDNR officers, Miley explained that Paul, Anthony, and Mallory were being thrown from the boat. Paul and Anthony manufactured it to shore. Mallory’s body was observed 6 days afterwards.

“Mallory was just like nowhere to be observed, it was just like she disappeared … Anthony was screaming in the h2o for Mallory, and that’s when … I understood something lousy had occurred.”

Miley Altman

Miley reported that it took a moment for the team to catch their breath, then they identified as 911.

Connor stayed on the line with the operator, making an attempt to get as substantially information and facts as possible to initially responders. He and Miley walked to the road and flagged down officers with a mild.

Morgan was wounded in the crash and can be listened to in the history of the get in touch with panicking about dropping blood and obtaining her pal, Mallory.

Miley stated Paul’s primary worry was obtaining in get hold of with his grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh.

When investigators questioned Miley why Paul was so adamant about calling his grandfather, she speculated “Well, you know, trigger they’re legal professionals and things. He preferred him to be there initial.” She mentioned he went back and forth on irrespective of whether to call his father, Alex Murdaugh, and eventually did.

Even with lots of witnesses reporting Paul remaining naturally drunk, no responding officers administered a subject sobriety take a look at at the scene of the crash. Instead, the group was transported to the healthcare facility.


Miley, Connor, and Paul rode with each other in 1 ambulance Miley recalled Paul becoming uncooperative and intense in the direction of very first responders throughout the journey.

Soon immediately after they arrived at the healthcare facility, Paul was met by his father and grandfather.

One particular of the nurses recalled Paul’s father “walking around introducing himself to EMS and ER employees,” and “walking all over the ER trying to chat to all patients associated.”

A nurse for Morgan recalled Alex Murdaugh trying to enter her place many periods when she was remaining interviewed by law enforcement.

In the end, Paul Murdaugh was billed for boating less than the impact ensuing in wonderful bodily hurt and death. He was awaiting demo when he was killed.

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