The 25-year-old boy from Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, was studying MS (Computer Science) in University of South Mississipi and worked as an assistant in a filling station to supplement his income.
On May 17 an African American man who picked up a liquor bottle refused to pay for it. The man got into his car in an effort to drive away. When Murli ran to the car demanding for money, the man reportedly hit him and slammed the door and started the car. Murli's apron that got caught in the car's door kept him attached to the speeding car for a distance of one kilometer. The car that dragged Murli halted only with the intervention of night mobile patrol police.
It is interesting to note that the incident took place on May 17 it was exposed only on Saturday, May 30.