The Murdaughs, a powerful legal family in South Carolina, were honored in February 2019.
A boating accident killed Mallory Beach, 19, and three felony charges were laid against Paul Murdaugh, 20 at the time.
Since the crash, the community has always paid quiet attention to the criminal trials and lawsuits that loom.
Then on Monday, Paul Murdaugh, now 22, and his mother Maggie Murdaugh, 52, were found violently gunned down outside their Colleton County home, bringing the family back to national attention.
With attention come questions about what has happened in the past 2 1/2 years since Beach’s death.
Here is the timeline:
▪ February 23, 2019, around 7 p.m .: Six friends between the ages of 18 and 20, including Murdaugh and Beach, launch a 17-foot Sea Hunt boat from the dock off a property owned by the Murdaugh family known as “The Island” on Chechessee Creek. Over the next few hours, the group made several stops, including an oyster roast on Paukie Island and Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Court documents filed say the friends drank alcohol all night.
February 24, 2019: The day of the crash
▪ Minutes before 2:30 am: The high-speed boat, driven by Murdaugh according to what one of the boaters told police, crashed into stilts near the bridge over Archers Creek near Parris Island. The six passengers are ejected. A horrific scene ensues. A friend calls 911 while still shouting for Beach, and another jumps into the river looking for it as others sit nearby, crying in pain from their own injuries.
▪ 2h40: Police begin to arrive at the scene of the accident after confusion with the 911 dispatcher at the location of the incident. Heavy fog makes it difficult to see even flashlights. Beach’s search continues as an investigation into the cause of the crash begins.
▪ 3h19: An ambulance transports three patients, including Murdaugh, to the hospital. A police report indicates that Murdaugh was acting uncooperative and “almost aggressive” towards EMS personnel. As an officer from the SC Department of Natural Resources arrives, Murdaugh’s father and grandfather have shown up telling the officers they are lawyers, officials later told a state reporter. . The Murdaughs stop all interviews and block field sobriety tests.
▪ 4h50: The confusion continues and Beach is still missing. “Can someone tell me when this accident actually happened?” A man from Beaufort Water Search and Rescue asks Beaufort County Dispatch. “Here we get conflicting stories. I would like to speak to the person who called so we can see exactly where the boat hit and where it took off so we can better search the area.
▪ Around noon: The Island Packet publishes a story about the crash as more than 20 Beach family and friends sit on the causeway near the base of the RC Berkeley Bridge. Boats, divers, and helicopters from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are continuing their research.
▪ 6 p.m .: The first day of Beach Search ends at nightfall.
She was in his arms, and then she wasn’t. It’s been a year since a boating accident killed a SC teenager
The week after the crash
▪ February 25 to March 2: The search for Beach continues daily, without success.
▪ March 3, around 1:20 p.m .: Volunteers find a body in a swampy area of the river. The body was later identified as Beach.
▪ March 7, 2019: Over 500 people gather at the Open Arms Fellowship Church in Hampton for the Beach funeral. “She left early; she became young; she loved her family; she loved her friends; she loved her rescued pets, ”said Reverend Nelson Foster. “I am blown away by the legacy this teenager leaves behind.”
▪ March 2020: Beach’s mother, Renee, files a wrongful death complaint on behalf of her daughter in Hampton County. Several defendants are named, including members of the Murdaugh family, but not Paul, and Parkers 55, a Renee Beach convenience store alleges the minors obtained alcohol the day before the crash.
▪ April 18, 2019: On what would have been Beach’s 20th anniversary, a Beaufort County grand jury directly indictes Paul Murdaugh with three counts of felony: navigation under the influence causing death and two counts of navigation under the influence causing death. injuries.
▪ May 6, 2019: Murdaugh pleads not guilty to all three counts he faces in the boat accident. He was never imprisoned and was released on $ 50,000 bail.
▪ July 29, 2019: In the latest move on Murdaugh’s criminal case, his bond is altered to allow him to travel more freely throughout the state. A trial date is never set.
▪ September 2019: Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance files a lawsuit in federal court, asking the court to discharge the company of its financial responsibilities for any claims by Paul Murdaugh’s father and brother. Renee Beach is also named in the costume.
▪ February 24, 2020: It is the first anniversary of the fatal accident. Family and friends continue to visit Beach’s Grave in Hampton, leaving fresh flowers, balloons, memorial stones and photos, among other things. A large patch of grass next to the RC Berkeley Bridge is still tangled where the boat was pulled ashore.
▪ February 2, 2021: The latest court records in the insurance lawsuit. It is yet to be resolved.
▪ June 4, 2021: The latest court records in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Renee Beach. Mediation in the lawsuit has already failed, so the lawsuit looks likely to stand trial.
▪ June 7, 2021: Paul Murdaugh and his mother Maggie were shot dead in their Colleton County home between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., according to the coroner. Sources told The Island Packet that Alex Murdaugh, Paul’s father and Maggie’s husband, discovered the bodies.
▪ June 8, 2021: News of the shocking deaths in the prominent legal family is spreading throughout South Carolina and the country. Questions and plots surrounding the violent spiral of fire. Regarding the criminal charges against Paul Murdaugh, a spokesperson for the SC Attorney General said: “We obviously cannot prosecute, so once we have a death certificate or other acceptable evidence we officially dismiss the charges. “