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Court documents have revealed that a private detective tracked the slain South Carolina legal descendant Paul Murdaugh for more than a year before he and his mother were shot dead on a homestead last June.
Sara Capelli, a private investigator registered in South Carolina, had been hired on behalf of a co-defendant in another wrongful death lawsuit whose store allegedly sold alcohol to a group of underage people before a fatal boating accident in which Murdaugh was on the stand, according to court documents in a civil conspiracy case.
A judge on Wednesday ordered the defendants to provide him with the documents for a closed-door review in response to their request to quash the subpoenas of the Mallory Beach family, who died in the crash.
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The transcript of a March 16 hearing, first reported by the Greenville News, says Gregory Parker allegedly hired Capelli to dig up dirt on Paul Murdaugh and his older brother, Buster. Part of the task was to videotape Paul Murdaugh “drinking and partying and talking about killing this girl.”
Paul Murdaugh was shot dead on June 7 last year while awaiting trial for boating while intoxicated in connection with the crash that killed Beach and injured other passengers.
Capelli had taken video of Paul Murdaugh within three days of his murder, Beach family attorney Mark Tinsley told the judge during the March hearing.
The videos have already been turned over to the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, or SLED, which is investigating the deaths of Murdaugh and his mother, Maggie Murdaugh, at the family’s Moselle estate, Tinsley said.
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However, it’s unclear if anything she recorded is helpful to investigators in the double homicide case.
“I haven’t seen what she may have filmed,” Tinsley told Fox News Digital Thursday night. “But there was never any indication that she filmed anything the night of the murders.”
He is looking for the videos, along with other documents, in the ongoing civil conspiracy trial, including stills and receipts, which he says were previously undisclosed and created in secret. .
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“As well as his surveillance, they had also had a camera placed at the entrance to the Moselle, so there is video there,” Tinsley told the court. “So we asked for those.”
Capelli did not immediately respond to a request for comment.