A teen killed in a hit-and-run accident is exhumed near the estate of convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh.
The body belonged to Stephen Smith, who was killed in 2015 in what appeared to be a hit-and-run accident near the notorious Murdaugh estate. According to NBC News, agents of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) He said That Alex Murdaugh’s conviction for the double murder of his wife and son has renewed interest in the many mysterious deaths in the area, Stephen Smith among them. Smith’s mother, Sandy, raised $43,000 on her GoFundMe page very quickly for her son’s exhumation.
SLED said it would conduct further investigations into Smith’s death “based on information gathered during the double murder investigation”. Per NBC news:
Investigators in 2015 said so Back Smith, 19, was hit by a car while standing outside his car after it ran out of gas, mentioned NBC affiliate WCBD in Charleston. The incident occurred in Hampton County, about 15 miles from Mordo’s property known as the Moselle.
Initially, Smith was found with a “defensive wound” on his hand, according to a coroner’s report acquired by The Island Packet, and a murder investigation is opened. However, the case became mixed when a medical examiner later wrote in a report that the cause of Smith’s death was the result of him hitting a car mirror on his head, part of an apparent hit-and-run.
The Island Packet reported that no glass or wreckage from a car was found where Smith’s body was found or in the vicinity.
South Carolina Highway Patrol investigators claim they received tips that Alex Mordo’s only surviving son, Buster, had some connection to Stephen Smith’s death. The two graduated from the same high school in Hampton County in 2014.
Sandy Smith believes her son did not die from a hit and run and that he may have been beaten based on the way his body turned out. She also called for independent exhumations and autopsies, believing that the original medical facility had wrongly described her son’s death as a hit-and-run “despite the lack of evidence to support this”.
“We feel it is critical to pursue a new goal – independent exhumation and autopsy – and we are launching Justice for Stephen N. Smith with that goal in mind. While the state can elect and fund a new exhumation and autopsy, we understand that it It will be performed at MUSC, where his death was initially classified as a hit and run even though there was no evidence to support that,” He said GoFundMe page.
“We need a new, unbiased look at his body and an accurate determination of the cause of his death based on the facts. There was no road debris, and his injuries were not consistent with a hit-and-run,” she added.
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