Thomas Moore, who was one of the first law officers on the scene of Stephen Smith's death, claimed this week that state and county officials refused to consider his reasoning.
“If they had done their job that day, I don’t think we would be here today," Moore told WCIV-TV as reported by a Savannah, Georgia TV station.
As FrontPageDetectives.com has reported, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which first determined Smith died from a hit-and-run driver, changed its official stance this week and now calls the case a homicide. It will help Smith's family exhume the body for examination.
“I definitely think he was murdered; he was murdered there or murdered elsewhere and dropped there,” Moore said.
But the former trooper added that his superiors at the Highway Patrol did not take his theories to SLED. Moore says he then went to the Hampton County Sheriff's Office with a file explaining his view.
“They would physically not take it with their hands,” Moore said.
A lack of helpful witnesses meant no further investigation. Moore said in an HBO documentary that it smelled to him like “somebody’s trying to cover something up.”
Moore admits he has a bad relationship with Alex Murdaugh. He says the former attorney stole $100,000 in insurance money from him after he had a neck injury while on patrol.
Murdaugh admitted on the witness stand during his trial, “I did take his [Moore's] money.” But he denied lying to Moore.
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