Newly released audio from a police dashcam video reveals a distraught Anthony Cook screaming at Paul Murdaugh the night the “grossly intoxicated” son of a prominent South Carolina family who allegedly drove a boat into a bridge piling, killing Cook’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Mallory Beach, who was tossed from the boat in the crash.
Beach’s body was found a week after the crash.
Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, were shot to death on June 7 at the family’s hunting lodge in Colleton County, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on boating under the influence charges for the February 2019 crash. Police have named no suspects or persons of interest in the murders.
The boat crash has come under increasing scrutiny since the slayings as Beach’s family and Connor Cook, another passenger in the boat and Anthony Cook’s cousin, have sought to find out why only one person on the boat was given a field sobriety test — Connor Cook — and only one officer wrote in his report that Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat.
Connor Cook, in fact, initially said he didn’t know who was driving the boat and later said Murdaugh’s father, Alex Murdaugh, told him “that I didn’t need to tell anyone who was driving.”
Anthony Cook, however, had no such hesitations. In the newly released footage, obtained by FITSNews, Cook tells Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Domino that Murdaugh was driving and launches into a tirade against him when he walked by Domino’s cruiser.
“Get that motherf***** right there away from me,” says Cook, who had been on the phone with his mother moments before, telling her, “We can’t find Mallory, mom.”
Domino asks the increasingly agitated Cook to “calm down,” that “I’m hanging with you, ok?” But Cooks says Murdaugh “needs to rot in f****** prison” and then tells Domino “he ain’t gettin in no f****** trouble.”
And then Murdaugh apparently smiled at Cook, setting him off. “You f****** smiling like it’s f****** funny?” Cook screams. “My f****** girlfriend’s gone, bro! You think it’s f****** funny!”
Domino tells Cook to sit down, calmly trying to keep the situation from escalating. “I hope you rot in f****** hell!” Cook screams.
Domino was the only police officer to write that Cook told him Murdaugh was driving the boat. In the dashcam videos, Cook tells Austin Pritcher of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources that Murdaugh was driving, but Pritcher wrote that Cook “did not know” who was driving in his report.
Another SCDNR officer, Michael Brock — who now works with the State Law Enforcement Division — noted that Cook “flipped out and was yelling at Paul” in his report without noting that Cook told him Murdaugh was driving and that Murdaugh “killed my girlfriend.”
Connor Cook, meanwhile, has asked the court to allow him to depose five officers believed he believes were part of a conspiracy to hide Murdaugh’s involvement in the crash, FITSNews said. In addition to Brock and Pritcher, Cook has asked to depose former SCDNR officer Robin Camlin and John Leroy Keener and Troy Andrew Krapf, both of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. The depositions would be the prelude to a lawsuit.
Connor Cook’s petition says the five officers may know of a conspiracy “to cloud the investigatory issues and disseminate false information in the community with the intention of misleading law enforcement and prosecution charging parties, and the public, into wrongly and falsely believing Connor Cook should be arrested and charged as the boat operator.”
Beach’s mother, Renee Beach, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2019 against Parker’s gas station, Alex Murdaugh, and Paul’s brother Buster Murdaught.
Domino, interestingly, was fired in July 2020 after being accused of “unlawful use of a controlled substance” and of “making false or misleading statements to a law enforcement agency.” He was never charged.
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[Featured image: Mallory Beach/Facebook and Paul Murdaugh/handout]