The lawsuit claims that 53-year-old Alex Murdaugh attempted to run a campaign to falsely blame Conor Cook for the boating accident that killed one man.
Cook – who filed the lawsuit – also alleged that Alex Murdaugh should have known that his underage son, Paul, had an alcohol problem and was not allowed to use his boat. The lawsuit claims that Alex Murdoff was negligent in his actions and that he intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Cook.
A lawyer for Alex Murdaugh has not returned Granthshala’s call for comment on the lawsuit.
Paul Murdog was 19 when he, along with five of his friends, allegedly piloted his father’s motorboat and collided with a bridge on Archer Creek near Paris Island in the early hours of February 24, 2019. One of his passengers, 19-year-old Mallory Beach, was also thrown from the boat, and his body was found a week later.
Cook said he was injured in the accident.
According to the lawsuit, Paul Murdog “often drank to the extent of intoxication and was known to operate family vehicles, including boats, under the influence of alcohol.”
Cook claimed in the lawsuit that Murdoff was in the hospital after the accident and asked Cook to “keep his mouth shut” and sought “all or most of the boat passengers in an attempt to control the narrative of what had happened”.
In addition, Alex Murdoff advised the Cook family that they should hire an attorney to represent their son, but did not disclose that the lawyer was a close personal friend and “godfather” of Paul, in the lawsuit. says. According to the lawsuit, the family retained attorneys who had advised Connor not to “cooperate with law enforcement.”
According to the filing, the Murdoffs and others also launched a “whisper campaign” in the Hampton County community to hold Cook criminally and civilly responsible.
The lawsuit names Paul’s older brother and the store where the teens allegedly bought the liquor. According to the lawsuit, Paul Murdoff used his brother’s driver’s license and mother’s credit card to purchase approximately $50 worth of alcoholic beverages, alleging that the store “speeded up transactions at the cost of a reasonable license check.” focused on.”
Cook obtained a new attorney two months after the incident and provided prosecutors with information that helped advance charges against Paul Murdaugh.
Murdoff was facing charges including boating under the influence, causing bodily harm and causing death in connection with a boat accident. Before his death under tragic circumstances in June, he had pleaded not guilty.
The Murdoff Family: A Tale of Murder, Insurance Fraud
Maggie Murdaugh, 52, was shot multiple times with a semiautomatic rifle. Paul Murdog, 22, had been shot at least twice with a shotgun.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation of the case is still ongoing.
Then events took a surprising turn in September when Alex Murdoff was accused of arranging for the murder of a former client so that his surviving son could make a life insurance payment of nearly $10 million, according to court documents.
Murdoug was shot in the head and survived.
A spokesman for the family had earlier accused an unidentified man in the blue truck of firing. However, according to an affidavit to support the charges against the alleged gunman, Alex Murdoff admitted to officers that he conspired with the shooter to kill him as part of a suicide fraud scheme.
He has been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report. The plan was intended to allow Murdoff’s eldest son to take out a $10 million life insurance policy, according to law enforcement.
Murdoff also faces other legal and personal issues. His shooting took place on September 4, a day after he resigned from his law firm amid allegations of misappropriation of funds. Two days after the shooting, Murdog issued a statement saying that he was entering rehab, and that his law license had also been suspended.
“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made so many decisions that I am truly sorry for,” he said in the statement. “I am resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a protracted battle that escalated from these murders. I am extremely sorry for all those I have hurt, including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayer as I rehabilitate myself and my relationship.”
In addition, SLED has opened an investigation into the February 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield, a housekeeper who spent more than two decades working for the Murdoff family.
Granthshala’s Faith Karimi contributed to this report.
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