The father of boat crash victim Mallory Beach refused to shake hands with Alex Murdaugh‘s family in court after the legal scion was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of his wife and son – and claimed ‘justice has been served.’
Phillip Beach’s daughter Mallory was killed in 2019 when a boat driven by Murdaugh’s intoxicated son Paul crashed.
He was in court on Friday to watch Alex’s sentencing for the 2021 shooting murder of his son Paul and wife Maggie at their South Carolina estate.
Beach was sitting at the back of the courtroom during the hearing on Friday when Murdaugh’s brother John Marvin attempted to shake his hand. But Beach refused, telling him: ‘I have nothing to say to you.’
He told reporters after the sentencing that he was at peace with Murdaugh’s guilty verdict and life sentence, and added that he ‘grateful that justice has been served.’
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Phillip Beach’s daughter Mallory was killed in 2019 when a boat driven by Murdaugh’s intoxicated son Paul crashed. Nearly two years later, Murdaugh shot and killed Paul and his wife Maggie at their estate in South Carolina
Beach, 19, was thrown from the boat when it crashed into Archers Creek Bridge, in Beaufort South Carolina, in 2019. Her body was found five days later.
The Beach family reached a tentative settlement with Buster Murdaugh in a $50million lawsuit
Earlier this year, the family of Mallory Beach reached a tentative settlement with Murdaugh’s surviving son Buster Murdaugh in a $50million lawsuit after she was killed during the fatal late night boat ride on February 23, 2019.
The other passengers on the boat were Anthony Cook, Connor Cook, Miley Altman and Morgan Doughty, who was Paul’s girlfriend.
It is believed Paul was driving drunk when the boat of six people crashed in Archer’s Creek near Parris Island, and Buster was accused of lending his younger brother his ID in order for him to buy the alcohol.
According to legal documents seen by DailyMail.com Paul was ‘highly intoxicated,’ ‘drunk’ and ‘belligerent,’ on the February night two years ago when he sped his boat into a piling.
The six youths on board that night, who were under 21, were ejected from the vessel – and all but Beach made it to shore. Her body wasn’t found for a week.
Paul was indicted on three counts of boating under the influence in April 2019.
But while awaiting trial, the 22-year-old along with his mother Maggie, were found shot to death at their hunting lodge in June 2021.
Paul’s father Alex Murdaugh, who has since been convicted of his wife and son’s murders, had tried to convince the jury that someone else had killed Maggie and Paul in revenge for the boat wreck.
The boat crash victims and their families recently appeared in a new Netflix docuseries called Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal.
Paul was indicted on three counts of boating under the influence in April 2019. But while awaiting trial, the 22-year-old was gunned down in 2021
Alex Murdaugh was convicted this week their murders, and would later claim that someone else was responsible for the murders in response to the boat crash
The six youths on board that night, who were under 21, were ejected from the vessel and all but Mallory Beach made it to shore. Her body wasn’t found for a week
Prior to the murders, one of the six teens on board the boat had testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up.’
All of the survivors had told the authorities that Murdaugh was drunk and there had been arguments over his determination to drive his boat.
Beach’s boyfriend Anthony Cook offered to get them all an Uber home but Murdaugh was insistent they would travel by boat despite the fog and a lack of light on the vessel.
Cook told attorneys that Murdaugh had a ‘crazy’ alter-ego called ‘Timmy’ who came out when he was drunk.
On the night in question Cook stated: ‘The whole way everybody was fighting and arguing. We drifted around in circles numerous times. We idled along….Miley was steady hollering that she had to work the next morning. She was ready to go.
‘All Paul was doing was making a fool of himself…then for some reason Paul acted like he was on drugs or something.
‘He started taking off his clothes during one of the arguments and it is 40 degrees outside.’
According to Cook, Murdaugh stripped ‘all the way down to his boxers,’ and belligerently refused to let anyone else drive his boat.
Both Cook and Altman told how Murdaugh, ‘slapped, pushed and spat’ on his girlfriend Doughty as the bitter arguing continued.
Asked if Murdaugh had ever spat on her when he was sober, Doughty replied, ‘No.’ She admitted to having witnessed him smoking weed and taking cocaine on other occasions.
Describing the terrifying scenes as the youngsters begged Murdaugh to let someone else drive, or just take them home, Altman recalled, ‘I yelled at him once and he just told me..he was like..shut the eff up and sit the eff down. Nobody else is driving my boat.’
The family of Mallory Beach (pictured) reached a tentative settlement earlier this year with Murdaugh’s surviving son Buster Murdaugh in a $50million lawsuit after she was killed
Paul was believed to have been drunk when the boat with six people onboard crashed in Archer’s Creek near Parris Island, and Buster was accused of lending his younger brother his ID in order for him to buy the alcohol
One of the boat passengers told attorneys that Paul Murdaugh had a ‘crazy’ alter-ego called ‘Timmy’ who came out when he was drunk
Doughty told how she and Beach cowered in the boat with their arms ‘intertwined,’ as Murdaugh continued the journey that was doomed to end in such tragedy.
Ultimately, Cook remembered, the boat suddenly took off. In a chilling recollection he said: ‘We went from a two-mile-per-hour idle to the bow of the boat sticking up in the air and I went to the back.’
Cook pulled Beach down next to him and held on to her but the next thing he knew, he testified, he was ‘waking up’ in the water, grabbing at piles of weed and debris and fighting against the swift current and frigid temperatures.
The survivors then quickly established that nobody could locate Beach. Her body was found a week later.
In January 2023, after months of negotiations, hearings and a failed mediation, ‘several defendants’ including Buster settled with the Beach family and three of the other surviving passengers in the fatal crash.
Four years after the boat crash tragedy and nearly two years after Maggie and Paul were murdered at their South Carolina home, the family patriarch Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to life in prison for his wife and son’s deaths.
The family patriarch Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to life in prison for wife and son’s deaths
Both Maggie and Paul were found gunned down at the South Carolina estate in June 2021
His surviving son Buster was crestfallen on Friday as Judge Clifton Newman announced his father would spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Murdaugh will serve two consecutive life sentences for murdering Maggie and Paul the family’s hunting lodge in June 2021. He faces between 30 years and life in prison.
As Murdaugh was ushered into a prison van, a heckler shouted: ‘Buster’s next!’
He added: ‘Justice for Stephen Smith!’, referring to the unsolved 2015 death of a 19-year-old friend of Buster.
Stephen’s body was found by the side of the road and initially his death was ruled as a hit-and-run.
Police revisited the case, however, and found he had a blunt force trauma wound to the head.
Many have connected Buster to the boy’s death because his family’s name appears more than nine times in the investigative file into Smith’s death.
Buster has never been arrested or charged in connection with Smith’s death.
After the sentencing on Friday, Murdaugh’s attorney – State Senator Dick Harpootlian – announced plans to appeal.