Thomas Moore, a former lieutenant with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said in an interview with the local news outlet that he always believed Smith’s death was a homicide. WJCL on wednesday.
I definitely think he was killed. Either he was murdered there, or he was murdered elsewhere and fell there,” Moore told WJCL.
according to tuesday night statement According to Smith family attorneys, SLED officials waited until after Murdau’s trial was over before announcing the news, fearing that some witnesses would not appear “under Murdow’s sphere of influence.” rice field.
On Wednesday, SLED said, “Hopefully those who may know what happened to Mr. Smith want to speak more freely now than they did in 2015 or 2021.” He said he was deploying more investigators to the case.
Last week, Smith’s family launched a fundraiser to exhume his body and conduct an independent autopsy.
Smith’s mother, Sandy Smith, said: “His body must be impartially examined to determine the exact cause of his death based on the facts. go fund me page. “There was no debris on the road and his injuries were not consistent with a hit and run.”
The family has raised more than $89,000, surpassing its original goal of $15,000 as of Wednesday.
In a joint statement, Eric Brand and Ronnie Richter said, “We are committed to finding out what happened and getting the peace and justice the Smith family deserves.
A recent Netflix documentary about the Murdoh family revealed that Smith was a classmate of Murdoh’s eldest son, Buster Murdoh.
and statement On Monday, Buster denied involvement in Smith’s death.
“Vicious rumors of my involvement in the tragic death of Stephen Smith continue to circulate in the media, but I have done my best to ignore them as I mourn the brutal murder of my mother and brother. I love them so much and I miss them terribly,” Buster said. .”