An attorney seeking $10 million from Alex Murdaugh in a wrongful death suit connected to his son’s role in a fatal boat crash, testified Thursday that he was told Murdaugh was broke and would have to struggle to come up with even $1 million.
Mark Tinsley’s testimony came Thursday as prosecutors continue to paint a portrait of a man who was in dire financial straits the night Murdaugh’s wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were shot to death at the family’s Colleton County hunting compound.
Prosecutors believe Murdaugh, a once prominent attorney, killed his wife and son on June 7, 2021 in an attempt to gain sympathy and more time to try to conceal a series of alleged financial crimes about to come to light.
Tinsley filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of 19-year-old Mallory Beach, according to NBC News.
Beach was killed in February 2019 when a boat—which allegedly had Murdaugh’s son Paul at the helm—crashed into a bridge pylon and sent her flying into the water.
Paul was facing criminal charges of boating while intoxicated at the time of his death. Beach’s family was also pursuing the civil suit.
Prosecutors said a hearing for the civil suit, which had the potential to force Murdaugh to reveal his financial activities, was scheduled for just three days after the double homicide, according to CNN.
On Thursday, Tinsley testified that he was seeking $10 million in the lawsuit, but was told Murdaugh was broke and would