By KATIE McLAUGHLIN
HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (Court TV) — A circuit court judge has denied a motion to disqualify attorneys representing the family of Mallory Beach from a civil case regarding the boat crash that killed Beach in 2019.
Attorneys for Greg Parker, owner of the Parker’s Kitchen convenience store chain, had argued that Beach family attorneys Mark Tinsley and Tabor Vaux engaged in improper actions. The Beach family is suing Parker’s, along with Alex Murdaugh, for wrongful death. The case is scheduled to be heard in Hampton County Court on August 14.
In a motion filed on June 13, 2023, Parker’s attorneys argued:
“Tinsley should be disqualified based on (1) his improper receipt and review of Parker’s privileged documents; (2) his improper disclosure of privileged information and materials; and (3) his improper communications with a represented person in a related lawsuit. Further, Vaux should be disqualified based on his improper receipt and review of Parker’s privileged information.”
Beach, 19, was tossed from a boat driven by Paul Murdaugh, who hit a bridge in the early morning hours of February 24, 2019. Paul, 19, was reportedly drunk at the time. He had used his older brother Buster’s ID to illegally purchase alcohol at Parker’s hours before the crash. Beach’s body was recovered seven days later. She had drowned.
Some parties named in the Beach family suit settled, including Buster Murdaugh and the estate of Maggie Murdaugh; but Parker’s and Murdaugh opted to go to trial.
In a separate case earlier this year, Alex was convicted of fatally gunning down his son, Paul, and his wife, Maggie. He’s currently serving a life sentence for those murders.
Paul and Maggie died on June 7, 2021, three days before a hearing was scheduled to take place regarding the boat crash civil suit. Criminal charges against Paul that were still pending at the time, but were formally dropped in August 2021.