20-year-old to be arraigned Monday on charges related to deadly boating crash in Beaufort County

20-year-old to be arraigned Monday on charges related to deadly boating crash in Beaufort County
Mallory Beach

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's been two months since a former USC student was killed following a boat crash near Parris Island. Monday, a 20-year-old man is set to be arraigned on charges connected to that deadly crash back in February.

Mallory Beach, 19, was killed after the boat she was riding in with several others crashed in Beaufort County at the end of February. Now, another person who was on that boat – Paul Murdaugh – is facing multiple charges related to that crash. The charges include boating under the influence causing death and two counts of boating under the influence causing great bodily injury.

According to police reports from the night of the accident, there were a total of six underage people on the boat that Sunday in late February. Officials said they were all “grossly intoxicated that evening.”

Mallory Beach was initially reported missing after the accident, leading to a massive, multi-agency search led by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Beach’s body was discovered a week later near Broad River Landing in Beaufort.

In April, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Murdaugh’s three indictments. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday, but at last check, Murdaugh has not be taken into police custody. That’s why there has been no mugshot of him released.

This is not the first time the Murdaugh name is come up in this case. Several members of the Murdaugh family have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Beach family. The lawsuit names a restaurant, and several individuals who they claim all played a role in providing alcohol to the minors on the boat.

Three generations of Paul Murdaugh’s relatives are among those listed in that lawsuit.

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