Pinckney was involved in an automobile accident with her teenage son more than ten years ago, long before Murdaugh, a personal injury lawyer with since been disbarred, would come to the attention of the public. Her son was paralyzed from the neck down and passed away two years later. But Murdaugh, she would learn, allegedly cheated them twice, in a case that exemplifies the devastation he is accused of causing to weak clients who are outside the powerful circle of his family.
“In my presence, he painted a wonderful image. But it was different behind my back,” Pinckney remarked. “I simply couldn’t believe it. I still feel as though what actually transpired and took place doesn’t seem real to me.
Another previously incomprehensible turn of events will see Murdaugh, 54, stand trial in January for the murders of his wife Margaret and son Paul.
After their mysterious deaths in June 2021, prosecutors filed more than 80 financial-related charges against Murdaugh, stating that he had stolen roughly $8.5 million from more than a dozen people over a number of years, including the Pinckneys.
According to Pinckney, Murdaugh and his accused accomplices stole $1 million that was owing to her family. She claimed that although she was at peace with the situation, she still thought Murdaugh should be held accountable for his alleged crimes.
According to Pinckney, “I want every penny of what I’m going through right now: my agony, sorrow, anxiety, and depression.” “I demand what is mine to have.”
THE CRASHOn August 22, 2009, Pinckney’s SUV suddenly spun out of control as she was traveling on Interstate 95 in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region in search of a Family Dollar to buy milk. She sustained many fractures, including two broken ankles, as well as knee, thigh, shoulder, and neck fractures, as it flipped over.
Shaquarah, the daughter, sustained scrapes, while Natasha Thomas, the niece, sustained a facial wound.
According to Pinckney, her 19-year-old son Hakeem “was thrown out on his head, therefore he had a spinal cord damage.” He was operated on. He became a quadriplegic and became paralyzed.
At a care facility in North Augusta, which is about 90 miles northwest of the family’s home in the Lowcountry, he was put on a ventilator. He was no longer the physically fit student-athlete he had been as a linebacker on the football team at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. At age 3, Hakeem’s severe hearing loss was identified.
He was still able to communicate with others after the accident by reading lips, using sign language, or by writing on a dry erase board. Pamela Pinckney underwent numerous surgery while staying in the hospital.
She thought the tire issue was what caused the collision. One of the area’s oldest law firms, Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth