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Stephen Smith’s Death Ruled a Homicide Nearly 8 Years After He Was Found Near Alex Murdaugh’s Home

Police in South Carolina at first said Stephen Smith died of a quick in and out after his body was tracked down relatively close to the Murdaugh home on the morning of July 8, 2015

Experts in South Carolina have confirmed that Stephen Smith — whose body was found close to the Murdaugh home in the mid year of 2015 — has died of a crime.

Police had at first said Smith died of “thruway vehicular homicide,” the Dull Richter Law office, who is addressing Smith’s mom as of this current week, said in a public statement on Tuesday.

Legal counselors said the South Carolina Policing’s (SLED) Boss Mark Fall unveiled the data during a call.

“We get an opportunity to right eight years of wrongs, and we expect to do exactly that,” said lawyer Eric Tasteless. Smith was tracked down dead on a South Carolina street in 2015, as per the delivery, “and questions were raised about his passing during the examination concerning the killings of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh in 2021.”

Alex Murdaugh was indicted for his better half and child’s demises recently and gave two life sentences. While examining their homicides, specialists found new proof associated with Smith’s demise and resumed his case in June 2021. Smith’s mother Sandy Smith sent off a GoFundMe crusade last week expecting to fund-raise to uncover his body for a free post-mortem examination to demonstrate that he didn’t die of a quick in and out.

Stephen Smith’s death is now officially being considered a homicide by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, according to family attorney Eric Bland.
The death was previously classified as vehicular manslaughter. pic.twitter.com/7Ctv2Beg8W

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“State police previously said that Stephen Smith experienced vehicle difficulty, was strolling for help, and got hit by a vehicle,” the law office said.

“Smith’s family accepts he was killed, and needs an impartial gander at his body and an exact assurance of his reason for death in light of realities.”

The GoFundMe has raised almost $85,000 starting around Tuesday night. “SLED authorities have uncovered that they didn’t have to unearth Stephen Smith’s body to persuade them that his demise was a murder. Notwithstanding, they will be available and partake in any exhumation of Stephen’s body to assemble more proof.

We are focused on figuring out what truly occurred, and getting the harmony and equity the Smith family merits” said Boring and Ronnie Richter in a joint proclamation.

The law office added that during its call with SLED, the police organization uncovered they needed to hold on until after Murdaugh’s preliminary to report that they were administering Smith’s demise a crime “out of worry that witnesses wouldn’t be as impending under the Murdaugh effective reach.”

Now that the shamed legal counselor’s preliminary is finished, Boring Richter Law office said more “assets have been dedicated and will be committed to Smith’s case.”

Richter added that SLED is freely moving Smith’s mother Sandy in her “endeavors to figure out what truly befell her child. They have communicated their sympathies to the Smith family and will keep on working tenaciously to deal with those liable for Stephen’s demise. We are pleased to be their accomplice in tracking down equity.”

SLED didn’t quickly answer Individuals’ solicitation for input. Smith, a 19-year-old nursing understudy from Hampton, South Carolina, was tracked down dead in the early morning long periods of July 8, 2015. He was found lying in a dull dirt road — 3 miles from where his vehicle had run dry — with profound slices on his temple, a few nearby media sources revealed.

Specialists at first thought Smith had been shot, yet his demise has later governed a quick in and out — a case that his mom has questioned from the beginning.

Stephen Smith’s death is officially ruled a HOMICIDE https://t.co/W7sNb76tP5 pic.twitter.com/I5GIfH6pqL

— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 22, 2023

“Stephen could never have been strolling in the street,” the family told agents, saying he was “restless,” per CNN.

Sandy later repeated a similar highlight the Hampton Region Watchman. “I simply don’t really accept that my child would have been strolling in the street like that,” she said.

Smith’s case was at first examined by the South Carolina Roadway Watch prior to going cold in 2016, as per FITSNews. In that examination, the Murdaugh name — a strong nearby family known for their longstanding law office — was referenced many times as conceivably being associated with Smith’s demise, FITSnews detailed. In any case, no individual from the Murdaugh family was at any point addressed in his demise and no charges were at any point recorded.

Yet, in June 2021, almost six years after Smith was found dead, South Carolina’s top policing declared that they were opening an examination concerning his demise. SLED uncovered in an explanation that the examination was sent off “in light of data assembled throughout the twofold homicide examination of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.” Nonetheless, SLED didn’t determine what data had driven them to open the examination. On Monday, Buster Murdaugh, Alex’s just enduring child, fervently denied he had a say in the baffling demise.

“I have made an honest effort to disregard the horrendous bits of hearsay about my contribution in Stephen Smith’s unfortunate demise that keep on being distributed in the media as I lament over the severe homicides of my mom and brother,” Buster, 27, said in a proclamation on Monday delivered through his lawyer, Jim Griffin.

“I love them so much and miss them horribly,” he composed.

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