Columbia based-firm Bland Richter, a leading law firm in South Carolina announced today that it will represent Sandy Smith in the investigation into the death of her son, Stephen Smith. The announcement comes after Smith's family raised funds to exhume his body and perform an independent autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Stephen Smith was found dead on a South Carolina road in 2015, and questions were raised about his death during the investigation into the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh in 2021. State police reopened Smith's case in June 2021 after discovering new evidence during the double murder investigation.
Smith's mother, Sandy Smith, opened a GoFundMe page in March to raise money for an independent autopsy after state police first said that Stephen Smith had car trouble, was walking for help, and got hit by a car. Smith's family believes he was murdered, and they want an unbiased look at his body and an accurate determination of his cause of death based on facts. At the date of this release the Go Fund Me has raised over $65,000.
The Bland Richter law firm has a long history of successfully representing clients in high-profile cases, including multiple victims in the Alex Murdaugh saga, which has captured the nation.
"It’s the Smith’s family’s turn for justice and for real answers about what happened to Stephen. Hit and run? We don’t think so. Injustice hides in the shadows. Justice seeks the daylight. A new dawn is rising in the Stephen Smith case," added founders Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter.
Bland, along with award-winning journalists Mandy Matney and Liz Farrell, are co-hosts of the “Cup of Justice Podcast”, a spin-off of “The Murdaugh Murders Podcast” which has been a primary source of information for the public about the crimes associated with the Murdaugh family. Questions over Stephen’s death resurfaced while investigating the murders of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.
"We are honored to represent Sandy Smith in this matter. It is Sandy and Stephen’s turn for justice, and to finally get answers. It’s our intention to get them" said Bland.
For more information about the Bland Richter law firm and their services, please visit their website at www.blandrichter.com.
To make a donation to Stephen’s GoFundMe, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/independent-exhumation-and-autopsy
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