Stephen Smith mother raises funds reignited by Murdaugh case

The mother of Stephen Smith, the Hampton County, South Carolina, teenager found dead in the middle of a road in 2015, has raised more than $70,000 in the last week to pay for the exhumation of her son’s body and a second, independent autopsy while retaining new lawyers to start the investigation into his death anew.

“I just love my son. And, since I couldn’t protect him, I’m going to fight for him,” Sandy Smith told Law&Crime on Monday.

Questions about the circumstances surrounding Smith’s death have never been answered. In the early morning hours of July 8, 2015, a motorist driving on Sandy Run Rd. in Hampton County spotted Smith’s body on the road and called 911. Smith’s yellow vehicle was parked a distance away with the gas cap unscrewed. The 19-year-old had a cellphone with him and his mother insists he would not have walked along the road to go home.

“He would have called his twin sister. Who is closer to where his body from him was found in his car from him. He would have called her and she would have come and got him,” Sandy Smith said.

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