Murdaugh Murders: What happened to Stephen Smith? (latest case updates)

Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal. (Center) Alex Murdaugh in Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal. Cr. Netflix © 2023
Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal. (Center) Alex Murdaugh in Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal. Cr. Netflix © 2023 /

Ready to watch a new true crime docuseries that’ll make your head spin? Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal is now streaming on Netflix, telling the story of the wealthy Murdaugh family in South Carolina. The three-part series chronicles the string of deaths that the family is connected to, including a teenager named Mallory Beach who tragically died in a boating accident.

Murdaugh Murders includes interviews with friends of the family, former and current, who shed light on the patriarch, Alex Murdaugh, and all of the trouble he’s caused. Not only is it believed he swept crimes committed by his family under the rug and has been involved in fraud, but he’s also been accused of murder. Currently, Murdaugh is on trial for murder for the deaths of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and their son, Paul Murdaugh. The two were shot and killed in June 2021.

Years before Maggie and Paul were killed, there was another murder in South Carolina that also might have ties to the Murdaugh family. That would be Stephen Smith, a gay teenager who was found dead in the street in Hampton County. Stephen was classmates with the eldest Murdaugh son, Buster, and witnesses at the time of the initial investigation suggested they might have had a relationship. Of course, the rumors began from there, with many speculating the Murdaugh family might’ve killed Stephen.

Stephen’s murder was ruled a hit-and-run with no one arrested for the crime, but in 2021, the case was reopened.

What’s the latest update on Stephen Smith’s murder?

Evidence in Stephen’s case was found during the investigation into Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s murders, though according to People Magazine, those findings were never made public. This did, however, cause the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to open up the case in June 2021, but at this time it doesn’t look like there have been any new developments since then. In January 2023, it was confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing.

According to NewsNation, Stephen’s mom Sandy is hoping for answers about her son’s death during Alex Murdaugh’s trial. She also says she’s received a book deal offer and even a Netflix movie opportunity about the case, but she’s turned it all down. She just wants to know who was responsible for murdering her child.

Sadly, the latest update in the Stephen Smith case came back in 2021, but with Alex Murdaugh on trial and with the release of Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal, we’re crossing our fingers we hear more developments soon. We’ll keep you updated if and when we hear anything.

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