CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – New court docket documents filed Wednesday exposed why Connor Cook explained to lawyers the Murdaughs and some law enforcement officers may perhaps have been hoping to body him as the driver of a boat associated in a deadly crash in Beaufort County in 2019. A younger lady, Mallory Beach front, was killed, and Paul Murdaugh was ultimately charged with felony boating under the impact in connection with the crash. He was awaiting trial for his involvement prior to he was uncovered murdered outside the house his family’s residence in June, along with his mom.
Cook dinner told attorneys he lied to investigators about realizing who was driving the boat when it crashed due to the fact he was informed by Alex Murdaugh, Paul’s father, that he “didn’t want to notify any one who was driving,” a deposition uncovered.
Prepare dinner testified that Alex stopped him in the hallway of Beaufort Memorial Healthcare facility immediately after the crash and advised him “that anything was likely to be all right. I just desired to retain my mouth shut and convey to them I did not know who was driving and that he’s got me.”
Cook dinner explained to the deposing lawyers he was “scared” to notify investigators the real truth due to the fact he “found out somebody was seeking to pin the crash on him.” This issue sparked Cook’s pre-fit petition filed in July that claimed some officers from the South Carolina Office of Normal Means and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office had been maybe conspiring to frame Cook as the boat’s driver when it crashed.
In the course of his deposition, which was at first recorded on Jan. 13, 2020, Prepare dinner informed attorneys that Paul Murdaugh had named his grandfather from the crash scene.
“I read his grandad question him who was driving, and he explained to his grandad that I was,” Prepare dinner claimed.
Attorneys then asked, “at the time you gave the statement, sounded like you understood somebody was going to blame you or any person was heading to place a finger at you?”
Cook dinner replied, “Yes.”
The deposition was introduced Wednesday as proof attached to SCDNR’s response to Cook’s pre-go well with petition. The division claimed Cook’s petition was most likely frivolous and avoidable, looking at he had not filed any formal criticism versus the division in courtroom, and he admitted to lying to investigators.
“A huge-ranging, discovery fishing expedition would not change the reality that Connor Cook has suffered no damages. The only person charged…was the late Paul Murdaugh,” courtroom documents said. “As Connor Cook’s testimony reveals, he lied early and normally to investigators, refusing, even to this working day, to supply a statement to SCDNR indicating he realized Paul Murdaugh was driving.”
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