The body of 19-year-old Stephen Smith was found on a road several miles from the Murdaugh home. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) determined he was hit by a driver, but Smith's family never believed that explanation.
As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, the teenager's mother, Sandy Smith, noted that “there was no debris in the road, and his injuries were not consistent with a hit-and-run."
“SLED officials have revealed that they did not need to exhume Stephen Smith’s body to convince them that his death was a homicide,” Smith family attorneys Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter said March 21.
SLED confirmed that statement to WCBD-TV in Charleston.
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The change of view on the cause of death reportedly was kept quiet until the end of the Alex Murdaugh murder trial ““out of concern that witnesses would not be as forthcoming under the Murdaugh sphere of influence,” the attorneys said.
Murdaugh's son Buster Murdaugh said in a statement Monday that rumors connecting him with Smith's death are “vicious,” “baseless” and false.” The rumors include a possible homosexual romance with Smith.
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