Murdaugh double murders: 2019 boat crash survivor feared crossing family of lawyers

Stephen Smith was 19 years old in 2015 when he was found dead on a rural South Carolina road in what was officially ruled a hit-and-run, despite the incident report stating there was “no evidence to suggest the victim was struck by a vehicle.”

Then state investigators reopened the case earlier this year after they found new information while looking into a double homicide that left a mother and son dead.

Now court documents have revealed Smith’s death appears to have been briefly mentioned last year in an unrelated lawsuit involving one of the murder victims – a member of

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The Surreal Story of How a Deadly Crash Upended South Dakota Politics

Barnabas, who grew up in the Highmore area and now lives in Taylor, Michigan, made the claim in February in an email to the prosecutors in the case. “I’ve known Joe since childhood and we bonded in college some 20 years ago as young adults. Joe was more than a well-read, unsettled intellectual,” he wrote. “He was an admitted alcoholic with a brooding depressive streak unparalleled by anyone else I have ever known.” Oddly, Barnabas told me his motivations for coming forward were not to exonerate Ravnsborg, but rather to prove that the attorney general knew he had killed Boever.

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