Man charged in fatal Lowcountry boat crash granted bond change

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – A 20-year-old man charged in the boating death of Mallory Beach, 19, has been allowed a change to his bond.

On Monday, a South Carolina judge approved a request that would allow Paul Murdaugh to travel outside of the 14th Circuit region while he awaits his trial.

Murdaugh is accused of being drunk behind a wheel of a boat that crashed in February, killing Beach.

In May, he pleaded not guilty to boating under the influence (BUI) causing death and two counts boating under the influence causing great bodily injury. He was given a $50,000 bond, surrendered his passport and was ordered to stay in the 14th Circuit region, which includes Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties.

The bond modification will allow him to travel throughout the State of South Carolina.

Murdaugh’s attorneys say the change allows him to “attend college, work, live, consult with his attorneys and for any other lawful purpose.”

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