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Man charged in boating wreck that killed former USC student

Paul Murdaugh has been indicted on charges of boating under the influence causing death and great bodily injury.

BEAUFORT, S.C. — A South Carolina man has been charged in a boating wreck that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach and injured several other people.

News outlets report Paul Murdaugh has been indicted on charges of boating under the influence causing death and great bodily injury. 

Murdaugh, Beach and others were on a boat in February that crashed into the Archer's Creek Bridge. Beach's body was found near the Broad River Boat Landing about a week later.

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Authorities didn't take the boat occupants' blood alcohol levels. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources says it wasn't clear who was driving.

Murdaugh's family has long been involved in the area's justice system. Beach's mother, Renee, is suing them, alleging the boat occupants were drinking on a private island owned by the Murdaughs.

Authorities say five others were injured in the crash. Their injuries were described as non life-threatening. 

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